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celibate

[ sel-uh-bit, -beyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF celibate

Synonyms for celibate

  • chaste
  • continent
  • virgin
  • virginal
  • pure
  • virtuous
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Antonyms for celibate

  • active
  • promiscuous
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CELIBATE

The sanguine Mahooley was no celibate, and he cared not who knew it.

A celibate religion ever suspects the serpent in the neighbourhood of the woman.

This particular specimen of the genus was both a vegetarian and a celibate.

For if so, then would a celibate clergy have grant of immunity.

Association makes the sacrifice and the work possible to the celibate.

"She's not having a bad time," mused the celibate, suddenly kindled into passion.

To these celibate priests, nothing connected with woman is sacred.

Your peaceful sisterhoods were all celibate, Jeff, and under vows of obedience.

He becomes a priest or monk, poor, celibate, self-denying and unworldly.

The celibate life is more possible for most of them by nature.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "state of celibacy" (especially as mandated to clergy in the Catholic church) from French célibat (16c.), from Latin caelibatus (see celibacy). This was the only sense until earl 19c. The adjective meaning "unmarried, sworn to remain single" is recorded from 1825. As a noun, one who is sworn to such a condition, from 1838.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CELIBATE

bachelor

noununmarried man or woman
  • available
  • celibate
  • single
  • single person
  • stag
  • unattached
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