Definition of celibate:
- ascetic (part of speech: adjective)
- celibate (part of speech: noun)
In deducing fairly, from the phenomena of her life, the character of Elizabeth, she necessarily became a type of two great mental struggles of the Middle Age; first, of that between Scriptural or unconscious, and Popish or conscious, purity: in a word, between innocence and prudery; next, of the struggle between healthy human affection, and the Manichean contempt with which a celibate clergy would have all men regard the names of husband, wife, and parent.- "The Saint's Tragedy", Charles Kingsley.
You're not compelled, by the same necessity, and I may yet see you sliding down the primrose path, whereas I shall inevitably end my days in the odour of sanctity- probably a parish worker to some celibate vicar!- "The Splendid Folly", Margaret Pedler.
- "Dreamers of the Ghetto", I. Zangwill.