incel

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English

Etymology

Blend of involuntary +‎ celibate.

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incel (countable and uncountable, plural incels)

  1. (seduction community, neologism) A person who inadequately or never has sex despite wishing to.
    • 2004, Phineas Mollod & Jason Tesauro, The Modern Lover: A Playbook for Suitors, Spouses & Ringless Carousers, Ten Speed Press (2004), →ISBN, page 90:
      Though, involuntary celibates (or incels) shouldn't try to rationalize a dateless season or pass off sexual awkwardness as virtue; []
    • 2009, Luisa Dillner, Love by Numbers: The Hidden Facts Behind Everyone's Relationships, Profile Books (2009), →ISBN, page 153:
      Another study by Donnelly of seventy-seven incels in marriages or long-term relationships in the Journal of Marriage and Family used a web-based questionnaire to ask people why they stayed in their sexless relationships (defined in this case as no sex for six months).
    • 2009, Talmer Shockley, The Love-Shy Survival Guide, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2009), →ISBN, page 15:
      People generally find it difficult to relate to love-shys and incels and wrongly assume we could obtain romance if we tried harder or lowered our standards.
  2. (informal, uncountable, seduction community) involuntary celibacy.

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incel (not comparable)

  1. (seduction community, neologism) Not having sexual relations despite wishing to.
    • 2001 May 30, Gra - gra, “I love you!”, in alt.support.shyness, Usenet:
      People who are 'incel' are often suspected as being gay. It's annoying.
    • 2017 November 9, Christine Hauser, “Reddit Bans ‘Incel’ Group for Inciting Violence Against Women”, in The New York Times[1]:
      It is not clear when the term incels was coined, but the link between misogyny and violence against women has emerged on sites where incel communities gather.

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