celibate

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celibate

adjective
(1) Abstaining from sexual activity relations.
(2) Referring to a person who abstains from sexual relations.

noun
(1) A person who abstains from sexual relations.
(2) A person who is unmarried for religious reasons.
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If you really want to be celibate, celibacy must be among the more important elements in your life.
Prayer, particularly contemplative prayer, is indispensable and fundamental for the celibate life, for there is no other effective way to confront God-Self-Other within the core of the celibate reality.
The moral pall hanging over the head of lapses in celibate living remains unaddressed in M.'s otherwise fine book.
Living Celibacy reminds us all, married, single or celibate, that true love perfects human sexuality when it is lived passionately and chastely for the sake of others in any lifestyle or vocation.
Dr Misra reckons that women often become celibate after a string of bad relationships or where the woman has felt downtrodden and used.
"And if they have felt hurt or used in a relationship, they may be determined to stay celibate until they find a stable partner."
WEEK 6: I suppose if I lacked confidence and self-esteem, people would understand why I might be celibate. When I told my girlfriends I was celibate they were fairly surprised but very supportive.
I can't understand people who choose to be celibate - it doesn't make any sense to me.
Many other saints renounced families to become founders and members of religious orders or celibate popes, bishops, and priests.
It is ironic that Abbott, who is keen to point out that the Western world "has lost its balance about the nature and value of eroticism," seems to focus her book primarily on the physical and sexual aspects of celibacy and not on how Christian celibates transformed Western society with their work and with their ideas.
In other words, someone with this |celibacy' gene has only two-thirds of a chance of being a fully involved and intertwined human being and thus has a one-third higher chance of being a celibate."
have the celibate person's own vision of a relatively rare