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incel

noun; compounding
Involuntary celibate, i.e., one who desires sex but cannot obtain it.
 
Term coined by and used as a group identity for a fringe group who suffer from a lack of sex, usually characterized by blaming others for their condition. Compound of involuntary, clipped to only the first syllable, and celibate, also clipped to the first syllable. The inability of the word to be parsed by an outsider helps cement the group identity and makes the word a shibboleth for this group. Since the group’s opinions would be considered radical by most, and since the group tends to view unfavorably any outside the community, the “group in power” as far as the shibboleth is concerned is, oddly, the ostracized group.
Etymology : From involuntary celibate
Source : “An incel, short for involuntary celibate, is someone who tries to find romantic relationships without success and is very pessimistic about his chances.” (Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/Incels/comments/56bs95/incel_faq_read_this_so_you_dont_shitpost/ 11/21/16)
Last modified: 2 December 2016


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