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See also: -incel



Blend of involuntary +‎ celibate.



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.




See also


incel (not comparable)

  1. (seduction community, neologism) Not having sexual relations despite wishing to.
    • 2001 May 30, Gra - gra, “I love you!”, in, 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.