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[chas-ti-tee] /ˈtʃæs tɪ ti/
the state or quality of being chaste.
Origin of chastity
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 Unabridged
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  • Moreover the wretch is as jealous of the chastity of his daughter as if he himself had led a clean life!

  • chastity is only regarded as a virtue when the woman has become the property of the husband.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Her thought turned inward absently; it embraced with sweet irony, a picture of poverty, chastity, obedience.

    The Path of a Star Mrs. Everard Cotes (AKA Sara Jeannette Duncan)
  • Numberless women have withered in this unprofitable service to chastity.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Like the monks they were bound by the three great monastic vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience.

British Dictionary definitions for chastity


the state of being chaste; purity
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

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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