celibacy

noun cel·i·ba·cy \ ˈse-lə-bə-sē \

Definition of celibacy

1 :the state of not being married
2 a :abstention from sexual intercourse
b :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

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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



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