What does the word celibacy mean?

Usage examples for celibacy

  1. Without a first- hand acquaintance with those ancient writers, it is impossible to conceive to what a degree the idea of celibacy was exalted in their teachings. – Women of Early Christianity Woman: In all ages and in all countries, Vol. 3 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain Mitchell Carroll
  2. So much has already been said about their tenets that I shall not repeat them, further than to observe that all their goods are in common, and that, although the sexes mix together, they profess the vows of celibacy and chastity. – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  3. Let him, who some time ago wished to live in perfect celibacy, now keep at least to his wife and no other. – Saint Augustin by Louis Bertrand