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    Is there a difference between 'confirmed bachelor' and 'celibate'?
    If so, what is the difference?


    Thanks in advance.

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    Smile Re: 'confirmed bachelor' VS 'celibate'

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Is there a difference between 'confirmed bachelor' and 'celibate'?
    If so, what is the difference?


    Thanks in advance.
    Hello, the bachelor is a single man (he has never married), but he can have sexual activities, but celibate it's more religious or mean a man without sexual activities like the pope for example.

    I hope it's more clear now, have a nice day.

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    Re: 'confirmed bachelor' VS 'celibate'

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    Is there a difference between 'confirmed bachelor' and 'celibate'?
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    "Confirmed bachelor" was often used as a code to mean that a man was homosexual. These days, one would normally just say, "he's gay".
    Urban Dictionary: confirmed bachelor

    'Celibate' means abstaining from sex.

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    Re: 'confirmed bachelor' VS 'celibate'

    Do you know what the code for, er, confirmed spinsters was?

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    Re: 'confirmed bachelor' VS 'celibate'

    I never knew that was supposed to be the code. I thought it was someone who enjoyed being single and not being "tied down." A bon vivant.

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    Re: 'confirmed bachelor' VS 'celibate'

    I didn't know about that code either.

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    Re: 'confirmed bachelor' VS 'celibate'

    I did - perhaps because of having a Catholic family . Anything remotely connected with sex of any kind was spoken about in code.

    The other difference, implied by Tdol, is that a confirmed bachelor has to be a man. A woman can be celibate.

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    Re: 'confirmed bachelor' VS 'celibate'

    I'm the opposite; I came across the phrase in an article about the novelist EF Benson and had to ask my mother to explain the euphemism.

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    Re: 'confirmed bachelor' VS 'celibate'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I never knew that was supposed to be the code. I thought it was someone who enjoyed being single and not being "tied down." A bon vivant.
    That might be a criteria for a good code. Not everbody knows for sure what it means. "Confirmed bachelor" could (or does) have a straightforward meaning as you suggest, as well as a code meaning. If there was only one meaning, "confirmed bachelor = homosexual", it wouldn't be much a code - you might as well just say "He's a homosexual".

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