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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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Examples from the Web for chastely
Historical Examples
  • He again poised the chastely wrought fountain pen of gold above the dainty check-book in Morocco leather.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • His little windows were chastely swathed in Nottingham lace.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • One was chastely, severely elegant, holding a single hat poised on a slender stick.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • The one above the front door was chastely shrouded by inside shutters.

    Stubble George Looms
  • The moon, which for a moment had chastely covered herself, took flight on seeing her again.

  • These men lived poorly and chastely, and did the office of Levites.

  • He never married, nor knew any woman, but lived restrainedly and chastely all his days.

  • In the dinner scene of the play his stage was chastely beautiful.

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • Being exhumed, it revealed itself as one of those tiny paper frills wherein high-priced candy is chastely attired.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • He chastely dropped his eyes before everything which was not the Republic.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for chastely


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 chastely



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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