chastity

chastity

[chas-ti-tee]
noun
the state or quality of being chaste.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English chastite, variant of chastete < Old French < Latin castitāt- (stem of castitās), equivalent to cast(us) chaste + -itāt- -ity

nonchastity, noun
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chastity (ˈtʃæstɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  the state of being chaste; purity
2.  abstention from sexual intercourse; virginity or celibacy: a vow of chastity
 
[C13: from Old French chasteté, from Latin castitās, from castuschaste]

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chastity
early 13c., "virginity, celibacy," from O.Fr. chastité, from L. castitatem "purity," from castus (see caste).
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