Synonyms for celibacy

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Antonyms for celibacy

  • promiscuousness
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Such are the ideas which have given rise to the obligation of celibacy for priests.

What are their vows of celibacy but conspiracies against us poor women?

Although it sounds paradoxical, yet there is a celibacy that is distinctly erotic.

The celibacy of the clergy should, in like manner, be forthwith granted.

It appears that many are opposed to celibacy of the clergy and auricular confession.

He still believed, for practical reasons, in the celibacy of the clergy.

The monks were bound to celibacy—that is to say, they were not allowed to marry.

He himself, a monk and a priest, had taken a vow of celibacy.

The person whom he married had been a nun, and as such had taken a vow of celibacy also.

But in the tension of the moment many were not satisfied with mere vows of celibacy.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, formed in English, with -cy + Latin caelibatus "state of being unmarried," from caelebs "unmarried," probably from PIE root *kaiwelo- "alone" + lib(h)s- "living."

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