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chaste

[cheyst] /tʃeɪst/
adjective, chaster, chastest.
1.
refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous.
2.
3.
not engaging in sexual relations; celibate.
4.
free from obscenity; decent:
chaste conversation.
5.
undefiled or stainless:
chaste, white snow.
6.
pure in style; not excessively ornamented; simple.
7.
Obsolete, unmarried.
Origin of chaste
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin castus clean, pure, chaste
Related forms
chastely, adverb
chasteness, noun
Can be confused
celibate, chaste.
chased, chaste.
chaste, chest.
Synonyms
1. continent. 4. clean, elevated. 5. unsullied. 6. unaffected, unadorned, neat; classic; elegant.
Antonyms
1. immoral. 4. coarse. 5. debased. 6. ornate.
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  • Was not the soul, was not the life of this simple-minded, chaste, and loyal woman clearer than water?

  • For a month his life had been chaste and this walk in the sun had set him on fire.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • You may know it by the signs of respectability and awesomeness and chaste abundance.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • It is a most pathetically pure, chaste presentation of a grand subject.

    Almost A Man Mary Wood-Allen
  • If she happened to be in good humour when Tom entered, then well and good, she returned his fond cry and chaste salute.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
British Dictionary definitions for chaste

chaste

/tʃeɪst/
adjective
1.
not having experienced sexual intercourse; virginal
2.
abstaining from sexual intercourse, esp that which is unlawful or immoral
3.
(of conduct, speech, etc) pure; decent; modest
4.
(of style or taste) free from embellishment; simple; restrained
Derived Forms
chastely, adverb
chasteness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin castus pure; compare caste
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Word Origin and History for chaste
adj.

c.1200, "virtuous, pure from unlawful sexual intercourse" (as defined by the Church), from Old French chaste "morally pure" (12c.), from Latin castus "clean, pure, morally pure" (see caste). Transferred sense of "sexually pure" is by 15c., perhaps by influence of chastity, though chaste as a noun meaning "virgin person" is recorded from early 14c. Related: Chastely.

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