- 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
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Examples from the Web for chaste
Novelty aside, the real question is whether these avowedly chaste men of the cloth are listening.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 12, 2014
Unlike the chaste boys club devotees of ‘Dungeons and Losers’ (oops, ‘Dragons’) of yore, women play the new games and like them.All the Grown-Up Hipsters Playing Kids’ Games
June 29, 2014
This stood in contrast to the chaste 19th century, when marriage, rather than romance, was the main topic of interest.What the Sex Lives of the Founding Fathers Reveal About Us
February 21, 2014
There is a sense that Bennett is the real deal: he is the authentic Zionist, the chaste politician, the man with a plan.Why Is Bennett So Popular With Young Israelis?
December 26, 2012
But not all sayings are as chaste as “No good deed goes unpunished.”13 Crazy, Dirty Modern Proverbs
Fred R. Shapiro
May 30, 2012
Most pure Mother, most chaste Mother, thy children are at thy feet!
Could she not fall asleep serenely in the peacefulness of her chaste soul?
There are, no doubt, two kinds of old bachelors, those who are chaste and those who are not.The Sexual Question
No chiaroscuro is so difficult as this; and none so noble, chaste, or impressive.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
But can they, even in that chaste and 166 splendid nudity, dispense with ruffles and flounces?The Book of Khalid
- 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
Word Origin and History for chaste
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.