chastely

chaste

[cheyst]
adjective, chaster, chastest.
1.
refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous.
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:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin castus clean, pure, chaste

chastely, adverb
chasteness, noun

celibate, chased, chaste, chest.


1. continent. 4. clean, elevated. 5. unsullied. 6. unaffected, unadorned, neat; classic; elegant.


1. immoral. 4. coarse. 5. debased. 6. ornate.
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chaste (tʃeɪst)
 
adj
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
 
[C13: from Old French, from Latin castus pure; compare caste]
 
'chastely
 
adv
 
'chasteness
 
n

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chaste
early 13c., "virtuous, pure from unlawful sexual intercourse," from O.Fr. chaste "morally pure," from L. castus "pure, chaste" (see caste). Transferred sense of "Sexually pure" is first attested 1560s, probably by influence of chastity.
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