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Celibate  n.  
Celibate state; celibacy. (Obs.) "He... preferreth holy celibate before the estate of marriage."
One who is unmarried, esp. a bachelor, or one bound by vows not to marry.

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"Celibate" Quotes from Famous Books

... Pope, and between the two rivals could avoid supervision altogether. Such men as Thomas a Kempis, or the great Jean Gerson, were rare indeed; and the monasteries had let themselves lose their missionary character, and become mere large farms, inhabited by celibate gentlemen and their attendants, or by the superfluous daughters of the nobles and gentry. Such devotion as led Esclairmonde to the pure atmosphere of prayer and self-sacrifice had well- nigh died out, and almost every other lady of the time would have regarded her release from the vows ...
— The Caged Lion • Charlotte M. Yonge

... having a bad time," mused the celibate, suddenly kindled into passion. "One lives but once in this world, and one must live one's life, ...
— Married • August Strindberg

... clergy should be celibate is mine own desire," broke in Queen Elizabeth. "Shall every curly fool's-pate of a girl be turning after an anointed bishop? I will have this thing ended, certes! and that ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. II, No. 8, June 1858 • Various

... it was the ideal, the doctrine, the tradition, the major custom by far, that the clergy should be celibate. He enforced celibacy ...
— Europe and the Faith - "Sine auctoritate nulla vita" • Hilaire Belloc

... Baron, the old celibate reflected, as much as he had the mind to reflect, over this incident. If he were to part from Flore (the mere thought confused him) where could he find another woman? Should he marry? At his age he should ...
— The Celibates - Includes: Pierrette, The Vicar of Tours, and The Two Brothers • Honore de Balzac

... to these singular appendages, explaining that since his ears had been bored he had ceased to have headaches (he had had headaches). We do not present the chevalier as an accomplished man; but surely we can pardon, in an old celibate whose heart sends so much blood to his left cheek, these adorable qualities, founded, perhaps, on some sublime ...
— An Old Maid • Honore de Balzac

... given." It is only of comparatively recent years that medical science has obtained currency for the belief that this auto-erotic process is entirely normal. Blumenbach stated that nocturnal emissions are normal.[234] Sir James Paget declared that he had never known celibate men who had not such emissions from once or twice a week to twice every three months, both extremes being within the limits of good health, while Sir Lauder Brunton considers once a fortnight or once a month about the usual frequency, at these periods the emissions often following two nights ...
— Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6) • Havelock Ellis

... another woman to whom he seemed for some reason or other to belong. In its realistic hours local color in New England liked to examine the atrophy of the emotions which in these stories often grows upon the celibate. One formula endlessly repeated deals with the efforts of some acrid spinster—or wife long widowed—to keep a young girl from marriage, generally out of contempt for love as a trivial weakness; the conclusion usually makes love victorious ...
— Contemporary American Novelists (1900-1920) • Carl Van Doren

... see, and (because you say so) I may alter my life's ways. The Gods make all things possible. But for the present I remain as I am, celibate, and not wishful to be otherwise; and so in the meantime I would hear the continuance of ...
— The Lost Continent • C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

... and eagerly, 'this is another chapter. I am an old celibate, an old monk. I cannot ...
— Prince Otto • Robert Louis Stevenson

... did not know that he visited his wife's shortcomings on their heads, any more than he knew that he hated Essy and her sin because he himself was an enforced, reluctant celibate. ...
— The Three Sisters • May Sinclair

... which he can only have when he has the courage to cease from wandering. Men knew better than this in old times—in the time, for example, of Shakespeare's heroes. When Shakespeare's men are really celibate they praise the undoubted advantages of celibacy, liberty, irresponsibility, a chance of continual change. But they were not such fools as to continue to talk of liberty when they were in such a condition that they could be made happy or miserable by the moving of someone ...
— The Defendant • G.K. Chesterton

... beginning to write imaginary letters to his friends, on the theme of his engagement: semi-humourous academic effusions as to how he, who had so long remained immune, had succumbed at last to feminine charm; how he, the determined celibate—Wentworth always called himself a celibate—had been taken captive after all. To judge by the letters which Wentworth conned over in his after-dinner mind, and especially one to Grenfell, the conclusion was irresistible to the meanest intellect ...
— Prisoners - Fast Bound In Misery And Iron • Mary Cholmondeley

... madness, persecution and torture, and, like a madman in his dreams, built up by irrefragable logic a whole inverted pyramid of seeming truth upon a single false premiss. To this it has come, after long centuries in which woman was regarded by celibate theologians as the 'noxious animal,' the temptress, the source of earthly misery, which derived—at least in one case—'femina' from 'fe' faith, and 'minus' less, because women had less faith than men; which represented them as of more violent and ...
— Women and Politics • Charles Kingsley

... nothing beyond—cattle. Cattle was the sum and substance of his celibate life. He was an old type of ranchman whose waking hours were devoted to a physical labor which left no room for anything else. But Jeff knew that for all his roughness of manner and speech, a roughness which ...
— The Forfeit • Ridgwell Cullum

... incantations, texts tied round the neck, and threads or hairs swallowed in holy water, had little value to the masculine intellect of Alexander Neville. And along with this masculine intellect was a heart of feminine tenderness, which would enable him to enter, so far as it was possible for a celibate priest to enter, into the sad yearnings of the dying mother, whose children did not care to come to her, and held aloof even in the last hour of her weary life. In those times, when worldliness had ...
— The White Lady of Hazelwood - A Tale of the Fourteenth Century • Emily Sarah Holt

Words linked to "Celibate" :   chaste, continent, religious person

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