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sexless

(sĕks′lĭs)
adj.
1. Lacking sexual characteristics; neuter.
2. Lacking in sexual interest or activity: a sexless marriage.

sex′less·ly adv.
sex′less·ness n.
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Your sexless marriage becomes an obstacle to your happiness, and you know you have no choice but to get out!
This is both a riveting tale of exploration and a tantalising portrait of a man cast in the mould of the Boy's Own hero - quietly commanding, self-possessed (despite the unrelenting efforts of his mother to keep him tied to her apron strings) and apparently sexless. Until Smith drops an utter bombshell at the very end of the book with a chapter entitled: A second tragedy.
It is populated with ravenous, vulture--like birds, immense spotted cows, a wide variety of aggressive cats, ships that always seem to list and capsize, huge and very nasty fish, annoying flies, spiders and bloblike romantic but sexless men and women.
Kitchen also reminds us that Christianity often blurred gender distinctions and that it is difficult if not impossible to interpret hagiographic literature within traditional categories of gender because they often no longer apply to the holy who become sexless. And he suggests that the mortification of female saints' flesh can be partly accounted for by an earlier literary tradition (e.g., the mother in Maccabees) rather than by the misogyny of hagiographers and the patriarchal church to which they belonged.
Ronald Reagan passed for beefcake, partly because his physique was so bland and sexless. The notion of pumping a man up, shaving him down, and displ aying his naked torso on the side of a bus would have seemed altogether too--well, you know, too Greek.
Here are some lines from "The Circular Ruins," one of Borges's better-known stories: "He dreamed the heart warm, active, secret--about the size of a closed fist, a garnet-colored thing inside the dimness of a human body that was still faceless and sexless; he dreamed it, with painstaking love, for fourteen brilliant nights." Consider the strangeness of the passage--the conjunction of "dimness" and "bright color"; of a body which is "faceless" and "sexless" (is the body then really a body?); of a "secret" creation.
Britomart's holiness is more admired than her nubility, the innocent pleasures of the Garden of Adonis are an inaccessible fiction, the only unqualified praise is for Chrysogone's sexless childbearing.
Portrait of a Marriage (1973) by her son Nigel Nicolson is based on his mother's journal detailing her by then sexless but loving friendship with her husband and her intense love affair with another woman.
High abstraction swathed in passive forms, suffocating circumlocutions, this and more we suffer in this dreadful display of sexless, nerve-numbing, smarmy crap.
Later, she weds a storekeeper in a sexless marriage of convenience and still later takes in her first love, Jason, by then a penniless drunkard.
Another superstition was that hares are sexless, or that they change their sex every year.
We loved each other deeply and had been together since we were both 19, but we had sexless marriage and it was driving me crazy.