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Definitionabstaining from (i.e., never having) sexual intercourse
an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
- This latter step, however, there was no present prospect that Arthur Dimmesdale would be prevailed upon to take; he rejected all suggestions of the kind, as if priestly celibacy were one of his articles of Church discipline.Chapter 9 -- The Leech (73% in)
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