Definitions

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  • noun Alternative form of continence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the exercise of self constraint in sexual matters

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Much more, therefore, can he be dispensed from the vow of continency which is about an act of chastity.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • "While laws are prescribed to matrons ... virginity and continency are beyond all law; there is nothing in the laws of matrimony which pertains to virginity; for by its loftiness it transcends them all."

    Archive 2009-05-03

  • "While laws are prescribed to matrons ... virginity and continency are beyond all law; there is nothing in the laws of matrimony which pertains to virginity; for by its loftiness it transcends them all."

    World Day of Prayer for Vocations

  • [4902] I will not conceal it, she overcame me with her presence, and quite assaulted my continency which I had kept unto mine old age; I resisted a long time my bodily eyes with the eyes of my understanding; at last I was conquered, and as in a tempest carried headlong.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • John Major in the life of John the monk, that lived in the days of Theodosius, commends the hermit to have been a man of singular continency, and of a most austere life; but one night by chance the devil came to his cell in the habit of a young market wench that had lost her way, and desired for God's sake some lodging with him.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Odysseus through his continency and the ‘promptings66 of Hermes’ abstained from touching them immoderately, and by the same token did not turn into

    Memorabilia

  • The European Union is leading the way on yet more excuses for civil continency bills which remove the need for Parliamentary debate not that you'd get much of one in Westminster and another convenient way to raise taxes.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • They did NO continency planning, ‘cuz they never thought they’d fail.

    Firedoglake » IRAQ: Republicans Vote to Sit and Watch

  • Instead of wasting money, time and human capital on “stopping global warming” the only rational focus of climatologists, physicists, politicians and others who care about things like national viability ought to be what will be the exact continency management plans not if but when the continential glaciers begin their inexorable return.

    An Esper Spaghetti Graph « Climate Audit

  • In her chamber, making a sermon of continency to her;

    The Taming of the Shrew

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