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Definition abstaining from (i.e., never having) sexual intercourse


an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
  • The priests are celibate.
celibate = having taken a religious vow of chastity (to not have sexual relations)
  • That church accepts gays and lesbians, but says they should remain celibate.
  • Unlike priests, Protestant ministers do not practice celibacy.
  • Now I knew about celibacy.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • celibacy = abstaining from sexual intercourse
  • No one wanted to become stepfather to this child, which is why she had chosen to spend her life entirely celibate.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • celibate = never having sexual intercourse
  • ...she'd sort of come to accept celibacy as a permanent way of life.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • celibacy = never having sexual intercourse
  • I am a celibate, madam.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • celibate = someone who abstains from sexual intercourse
  • Why do you think priests are celibate?
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • He broke his sacred vow of celibacy!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was a knight of the Kingsguard, sworn to celibacy.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The person who saved me from celibacy and cirrhosis wasGeorge Winokur.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Trying to explain how good they are to someone who has never had one is like telling a celibate priest about young love.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • Celibacy was a haven, silence a shield.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • As a matter of fact, they were the only celibate rabbits in the—
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • He spoke to Abra of the necessity for abstinence and decided that he would live a life of celibacy.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • One obvious expression of this is the claim that celibacy is "higher" than marriage.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • Has it not preached in the place of these, charity and poverty, celibacy and mortification of the flesh, monastic life and Mother Church?
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • A self-imposed celibacy.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • His stern measures as Director were given an odd legitimacy by his personal life, the rigor of his insistent celibacy.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • They preferred themselves to suffer the misery of celibacy, rather than risk the other person.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers

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