celibacy

celibacy

[sel-uh-buh-see]
noun
1.
abstention from sexual relations.
2.
abstention by vow from marriage: the celibacy of priests.
3.
the state of being unmarried.

Origin:
1655–65; < Latin caelibā(tus) celibacy (caelib-, stem of caelebs single + -ātus -ate3) + -cy

celibatic [sel-uh-bat-ik] , adjective
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celibate (ˈsɛlɪbɪt)
 
n
1.  a person who is unmarried, esp one who has taken a religious vow of chastity
 
adj
2.  unmarried, esp by vow
3.  abstaining from sexual intercourse
 
[C17: from Latin caelibātus, from caelebs unmarried, of obscure origin]
 
'celibacy
 
n

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celibacy
1663, formed in Eng. from L. cælibatus "state of being unmarried," from cælebs "unmarried," from PIE base *kaiwelo- "alone" + lib(h)s- "living."
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