from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having no wife.
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As the Bibo Sez, it was not the "gates of hell" that prevailed over the Catholic Church, it was the Devil Satan hisself who turned their unwived priests into boy-touchers, and their coffers into punitive award settlement accounts for all eternity.
Guercino lived the life of an anchorite, absorbed in studies, unwived, sober, pious, truthful, sincere in his commerce with the world, unaffectedly virtuous, devoted to his art and God.
Is it not the clearest, ay, sternest necessity that those of us who are unwived, to our sorrow though it be, should take the women who remain, be they maids or widows, in honorable wedlock, and rear up children to fill our places when we are gone?
Oh, had she but been a virtuous woman -- an honorable wife, he had not dared assume to govern her! but when of a girl's age, she had acted like a woman; when a wife she had acted like the dissolute and unwived; when a mother, she had disembarrassed herself of the token of her glory of maternity.
The sons of the New World will have to re-act, on a magnificent scale, the old story of unwived Rome and the Sabines.
"Last night, Master Winslow standing between the graves of his wife and mine, read me a lecture upon the duty unwived men owe to the community.