celibate celibate  /ˈsɛ lɪ bət/


  1. (n) an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
  2. (adj) abstaining from sexual intercourse


  1. Jesus never mentions, say, abortion, homosexuality, reproductive technologies or a celibate priesthood, to name just a few of the issues confronting the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. Eating and drinking are just as important for keeping the species going--more so actually, since a celibate person can at least continue living but a starving person can't.


  • Bruning resigns as pastor, admits to violating vow of celibacy

    The Rev. William "Bill" Bruning, the founding pastor of Topeka's Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, has resigned as pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe after admitting he had violated his vow of celibate chastity, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has announced.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal


  1. "He was seriously thinking of becoming a monk," Rogers told Playboy magazine. "He thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument, but my instrument needed tuning."
    on Nov 16, 2006 By: Mimi Rogers Source: Scotsman

  2. Levada emphasized the difference between married Anglican men who heard a "call to the service of their church" before converting, and "Catholic men who knowingly commit to a celibate priesthood and then decide for whatever reasons .........
    on Oct 22, 2009 By: William Levada Source: USA Today

  3. "The thing about me being celibate? Strike that -- categorically not true," Macpherson said.
    on Apr 1, 2007 By: Elle Macpherson Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

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