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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
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin castus clean, pure, chaste
Related forms
chastely, adverb
chasteness, noun
Can be confused
celibate, chased, 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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British Dictionary definitions for chasteness

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 chasteness

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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