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[uhn-cheyst] /ʌnˈtʃeɪst/
not chaste; not virtuous; not pure:
an unchaste woman.
characterized by sexual suggestiveness, transgression, or excess; lascivious; bawdy:
an unchaste exhibition.
Origin of unchaste
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at un-1, chaste
Related forms
unchastely, adverb
unchasteness, unchastity
[uhn-chas-ti-tee] /ʌnˈtʃæs tɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This was abolished by Solon, except in the case of unchastity.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • "It is as unfair to brand women with chastity as with unchastity," said Poll.

    Monday or Tuesday Virginia Woolf
  • unchastity and infidelity were as confused to him as to the Middle Ages, his only moral teacher.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Don John thwarts the marriage of Claudio by his tale of Hero's unchastity.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • Divorce is permitted only on the ground of the unchastity of the wife.

  • Self-indulgence; followed by intemperance, unchastity, impatience, and other vices.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • It is sadly true that men of all races are too prone to unchastity.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • The right of concubinage was too extensive to bring condemnation for unchastity.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • The causes of incontinence are the same as those of unchastity.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
  • Drunkenness is not associated with Zeus, or unchastity with Hera or Athene.

Word Origin and History for unchastity



late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + chaste.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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