- continental army,
- continental breakfast,
- continental celtic
Origin of continence
Examples from the Web for continency
By continency verily are we bound up and brought back into One, whence we were dissipated into many.
It is difficult to believe that the free men deprived of women were all gifted with the virtue of continency.
Ay, but by your own virtue and continency that matter of fact is all his own doing.The Comedies of William Congreve|William Congreve
Verily Thou enjoinest me continency from the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the ambition of the world.
On the other hand, the "gift of continency" he did not possess, or trouble himself to acquire.
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.