A Dictionary of the English Language
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Célibacy. n.s. [from cælebs, Latin.] Single life; unmarried state.

I can attribute their numbers to nothing but their frequent marriages; for they look on celibacy as an accursed state, and generally are married before twenty. Spectator, № 495.

By teaching them how to carry themselves in their relations of husband and wives, parents and children, they have, without question, adorned the gospel, glorified God, and benefited man, much more than they could have done in the devoutest and strictest celibacy. Atterbury.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Atterbury, Francis (75) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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