Skoptsy

plural noun

Skop·​tsy
(ˌ)skäpt¦sē
: members of an ascetic religious sect of dissenters from the Russian Orthodox Church dating probably from the 18th century and stressing sexual abstinence

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Skoptsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Skoptsy. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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