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chastity

[chas-ti-tee] /ˈtʃæs tɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being chaste.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English chastite, variant of chastete < Old French < Latin castitāt- (stem of castitās), equivalent to cast(us) chaste + -itāt- -ity
Related forms
nonchastity, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chastity

chastity

/ˈtʃæstɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the state of being chaste; purity
2.
abstention from sexual intercourse; virginity or celibacy: a vow of chastity
Word Origin
C13: from Old French chasteté, from Latin castitās, from castuschaste
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Word Origin and History for chastity
n.

c.1200, chastete, "sexual purity" (as defined by the Church), including but not limited to virginity or celibacy, from Old French chastete "chastity, purity" (12c., Modern French chasteté), from Latin castitatem (nominative castitas) "purity, chastity" from castus (see caste).

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