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[mass noun] The state of abstaining from marriage and sexual relations.‘a priest who had taken a vow of celibacy’
chastity, virginity, maidenhood, maidenhead, abstinence, self-denial, self-restraint, abnegation, asceticismthe unmarried state, singleness, bachelorhood, spinsterhoodmonkhood, nunhood, monasticismsingle blessedness, continenceView synonyms
- ‘This experience may in part have influenced her commitment to making celibacy a central pillar of Shaker religious practice.’
- ‘The early Church saw a debate between the proponents of chastity and celibacy.’
- ‘If you are struggling with celibacy like this, maybe active ministry isn't where you should be?’
- ‘Marriage has many pains, says Johnson in Rasselas, but celibacy has no pleasures.’
- ‘During the ceremony they will commit themselves to celibacy, obedience to the church and to a life of prayer and service.’
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