celibacy celibacy  /ˈsɛ lə bə si/


  1. (n) an unmarried status
  2. (n) abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)



  1. Many young men are drawn to priesthood but later turn away owing to the irreconcilable celibacy oaths that they have to forcefully take.
  2. Shut in the desert, the expats who came looking for liquid gold, were forced into involuntary celibacy.
  3. In some religions, faithfuls are asked to observe celibacy during certain times of the year.



  1. "This is the time we priests need to be renewing our pledge to celibacy, not questioning it," Dolan wrote. "The problems in the church today are not caused by the teachings of Jesus and of his church, but by lack of fidelity to them."
    on Feb 23, 2009 By: Timothy Dolan Source: FOXNews

  2. In the interview, Schoenborn added: "It also INCLUDES the issue of priest celibacy AND the issue of personality development. It requires a great deal of honesty, both on the part of the Church and of society as a whole."
    on Mar 11, 2010 By: Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn Source: National Post (blog)

  3. "Where is the godliness? Don't listen to what they say .......... One cannot tell the difference between a bishop and a layman anymore. Some of them have sworn to celibacy but they sleep around," Mugabe told supporters on July 7.
    on Jul 16, 2007 By: Robert Mugabe Source: Forbes

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