celibacy

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noun cel·i·ba·cy \ˈse-lə-bə-sē\

Definition of celibacy

  1. 1 :  the state of not being married

  2. 2a :  abstention from sexual intercourseb :  abstention by vow from marriage priestly celibacy

Examples of celibacy in a sentence

  1. a widower who has maintained absolute celibacy since the death of his wife

Origin and Etymology of celibacy

celibate “state of not being married” (borrowed from Latin caelibātus, from caelebs “not having a spouse, unmarried” + -ātus 2-ate) + -acy, suffix of abstract nouns — more at celibate


First Known Use: 1646



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