Celibacy is the avoidance of all forms of sexual intimacy, often for religious reasons.
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- Celibacy is not merely unknown to Islam, it is unintelligible.
- Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
- Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.
- Thomas Love Peacock, Melincourt (1817), ch. 7