[ US /ˈsɛɫəbəsi/ ]
[ UK /sˈɛlɪbəsi/ ]
  1. an unmarried status
  2. abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
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How To Use celibacy In A Sentence

  • Celibacy, as commonly understood, is therefore a meaningless parody or travesty of the true formula.
  • Celibacy is also heralded as a sign of the reign of God and of the resurrection.
  • In the East, moreover, the subdiaconate has remained a minor order; in the West it was gradually detached from the minor orders, on account of its higher liturgical functions and also because of the vow of celibacy it called for. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman
  • This experience may in part have influenced her commitment to making celibacy a central pillar of Shaker religious practice.
  • Minor, against prayers for the dead, veneration of relics, candles in the day-time, the merit of celibacy, the need of fasting, the observance of days, difference in future rewards, the defectibility of the regenerate, and the divine origin of episcopacy. Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3) The Turks in Their Relation to Europe; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Apollonius of Tyana; Primitive Christianity
  • He took a lifelong vow of brahmacharya celibacy. Times, Sunday Times
  • So common was lifelong celibacy and so little accepted were Freudian theories about the dominance of the sexual impulse, that nobody questioned these celibates or looked at them askance.
  • It may indeed not be essential one marry at all: one may choose celibacy to satisfy a special calling, or out of widowhood, necessity of age or physical condition, or simply according to disposition.
  • There are calls to do away with clerical celibacy and admit women to priestly functions.
  • It is the first time the church has had a pro-gay group campaigning within its ranks and the stage is set for a bruising battle with traditionalists, who advocate celibacy for homosexuals.
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