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[cheyst] /tʃeɪst/
adjective, chaster, chastest.
refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous.
not engaging in sexual relations; celibate.
free from obscenity; decent:
chaste conversation.
undefiled or stainless:
chaste, white snow.
pure in style; not excessively ornamented; simple.
Obsolete, unmarried.
Origin of chaste
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.
1. continent. 4. clean, elevated. 5. unsullied. 6. unaffected, unadorned, neat; classic; elegant.
1. immoral. 4. coarse. 5. debased. 6. ornate. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • But it remained for the chaster genius of Addison to banish this painful topic from his elegant pages.

  • "Unmatcht for beauty, chaster than the ayre," wrote one poet.

  • Among the new boarders was a fussy old man named chaster, who was speedily nicknamed by the bell boys Chestnuts.

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • I wonder if we can't smuggle the skulls and the skeleton into Mr. chaster's room?

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • Towards evening he met a bell boy named Harry Ross who had also had trouble with chaster, and the two talked the matter over.

    Joe The Hotel Boy Horatio Alger Jr.
  • His taste was much simpler, chaster, and disinclined to the florid and ornamental, than that of Cicero.

    The Caesars Thomas de Quincey
  • The chaster she is, all the more will she revolt at the shamefulness of the verification!

  • Milton, a chaster and more unerring p. 128master of the art than Shakespeare, reveals no such lovable personality.

    Style Walter Raleigh
  • And my chaster imperial love, what were you too but earthliness?

    Majesty Louis Couperus
British Dictionary definitions for chaster


not having experienced sexual intercourse; virginal
abstaining from sexual intercourse, esp that which is unlawful or immoral
(of conduct, speech, etc) pure; decent; modest
(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 chaster



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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