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ˈsɛl ə bɪt, -ˌbeɪtceli·bate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. celibateadjective

    an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity

  2. celibate, continentadjective

    abstaining from sexual intercourse

    "celibate priests"


  1. celibatenoun

    Person who is not married, especially one who has taken a religious vow not to get married, usually because of being a member of a religious community.

  2. celibateadjective

    Not married.

  3. celibateadjective

    Abstaining from sexual relations and pleasures.

    Members of religious communities sometimes take vows to remain celibate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Celibatenoun

    Single life.

    Etymology: cœlibatus, Lat.

    Where polygamy is forbidden, the males oblige themselves to celibate, and then multiplication is hindered. John Graunt.


  1. celibate

    Celibacy (from Latin caelibatus) is the state of voluntarily being unmarried, sexually abstinent, or both, usually for religious reasons. It is often in association with the role of a religious official or devotee. In its narrow sense, the term celibacy is applied only to those for whom the unmarried state is the result of a sacred vow, act of renunciation, or religious conviction. In a wider sense, it is commonly understood to only mean abstinence from sexual activity.Celibacy has existed in one form or another throughout history, in virtually all the major religions of the world, and views on it have varied. Classical Hindu culture encouraged asceticism and celibacy in the later stages of life, after one has met one's societal obligations. Jainism, on the other hand, preached complete celibacy even for young monks and considered celibacy to be an essential behavior to attain moksha. Buddhism is similar to Jainism in this respect. There were, however, significant cultural differences in the various areas where Buddhism spread, which affected the local attitudes toward celibacy. A somewhat similar situation existed in Japan, where the Shinto tradition also opposed celibacy. In most native African and Native American religious traditions, celibacy has been viewed negatively as well, although there were exceptions like periodic celibacy practiced by some Mesoamerican warriors.The Romans viewed celibacy as an aberration and legislated fiscal penalties against it, with the exception of the Vestal Virgins, who took a 30-year vow of chastity in order to devote themselves to the study and correct observance of state rituals. In Christianity, celibacy means the promise to live either virginal or celibate in the future. In addition to the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches, the Anglican Communion and some Protestant churches or communities such as the Shakers also know a promise or vow of celibacy for example for members of religious orders, hermits, consecrated virgins and deaconesses. Judaism and Islam have denounced celibacy, as both religions emphasize marriage and family life. However, the priests of the Essenes, a Jewish sect during the Second Temple period, practised celibacy. Several hadiths indicate that the Islamic prophet Muhammad denounced celibacy.


  1. celibate

    Celibate refers to an individual who abstains from marriage and sexual relations, often for religious reasons. It can also describe a state of abstaining from all forms of sexual activity. It is frequently a vow taken by individuals as a part of religious practice or personal commitment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Celibatenoun

    celibate state; celibacy

  2. Celibatenoun

    one who is unmarried, esp. a bachelor, or one bound by vows not to marry

  3. Celibateadjective

    unmarried; single; as, a celibate state

  4. Etymology: [L. aelibatus, fr. caelebs unmarried, single.]

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  1. cable tie

  2. citeable

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of celibate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of celibate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of celibate in a Sentence

  1. Carl Sagan:

    A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.

  2. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:

    One (allegation) is that there is a homosexual, gay culture, that students have been using an app called Grindr, which would be inappropriate for seminarians and not just because they are going to be celibate priests, if this is going on a large scale in the seminary and it hasn't been noticed in the seminary, then there is something wrong.

  3. Linda Hamilton:

    I love my alone time like no one youve ever met, ive been celibate for at least 15 years. One loses track, because it just doesnt matter or at least it doesnt matter to me. I have a very romantic relationship with my world every day and the people who are in it.

  4. Matthew Kacsmaryk:

    If you look at the letter that was issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, they point out that the category sexual orientation is problematic because it’s not defined, most Abrahamic faith traditions will draw a distinction between someone who experiences the same sex attraction but is willing to live celibate and somebody who experiences the same sex attraction and makes it a lifestyle and seeks to sexualize that lifestyle. Those are two different categories that most Abrahamic faith traditions recognize.

  5. Osho:

    I have never been a celibate. If people believe so, that is their foolishness.

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