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celibacy

[ sel-uh-buh-see ]
/ ˈsɛl ə bə si /
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Definition of celibacy

noun
abstention from sexual relations.
abstention by vow from marriage: the celibacy of priests.
the state of being unmarried.
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Origin of celibacy

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

OTHER WORDS FROM celibacy

cel·i·bat·ic [sel-uh-bat-ik], /ˌsɛl əˈbæt ɪk/, adjective
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