plural noun
Skop·​tsy | \ (ˌ)skäpt¦sē \

Definition of Skoptsy

: members of an ascetic religious sect of dissenters from the Russian Orthodox Church dating probably from the 18th century and stressing sexual abstinence

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History and Etymology for Skoptsy

Russian, plural of skopets, literally, eunuch; akin to Old Slavic skopiti to castrate

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“Skoptsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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