In the words of Saint Augustine, “Lord, Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.”
The formula put forward on this basis usually runs: continence is not only harmless but beneficial.
A woman's virtue is her continence, and a man's virtues are truthfulness and courage.
There are two kinds of continence, one bodily, the other ghostly.
That continence and celibacy were wrong, as leading to the worst scandals; 3.
continence is not an easy matter for erotic individuals, and requires a heroic internal struggle, especially in men.
She bore her husband five children at once and then took a vow of continence.
continence (her lover) went also, and poured a balm into her wounds, which healed them.
The Method of continence, with the argument for and against the same.
continence is, as a rule more easily observed by the adolescent girl than by the adolescent youth.
late 14c., "self-restraint," from Old French continence (14c.), from Latin continentia "a holding back, repression," from continent-, present participle stem of continere (see continent). Especially of sexual desire from late 14c.; of the body's eliminatory functions, from 1915. Related: Continency.
continence con·ti·nence (kŏn'tə-nəns)
Voluntary control over urinary and fecal discharge.
Partial or complete abstention from sexual activity.