Definition of celibacy
1 : the state of not being married
2a : abstention from sexual intercourseb : abstention by vow from marriage priestly celibacy
Examples of celibacy in a Sentence
a widower who has maintained absolute celibacy since the death of his wife
Recent Examples of celibacy from the Web
The great irony is that these men and women are living out exactly what the church asks of LGBT people -- chastity and celibacy -- and they are not allowed to talk about it.
The commitment required oaths of celibacy, obedience and poverty.
Gay people who accept celibacy out of obedience to our churches face challenges common to all Christian disciples.
And yet, for Sipe, the condition that fostered the abuse of minors, celibacy, remains in place.
The stars of the shorts featured in Sextoons: An Erotic Animation Festival certainly don't believe in monastic celibacy.
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