adjective, chast·er, chast·est.
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OTHER WORDS FROM chastechastely, adverbchasteness, noun
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does chaste mean?
Chaste is most commonly used to describe someone who refrains from sexual activity that’s considered immoral, especially according to the teachings of a certain religion.
The state or quality of being chaste is chastity.
The word chaste can also be used to describe someone who refrains from all sexual activity—someone who is celibate. When members of certain religions take a vow of chastity, this is usually what it means.
Chaste can also be used in a more general way to mean morally pure.
Example: When I went to Catholic high school, my religion teachers always emphasized the virtue of being chaste.
Where does chaste come from?
The first records of the word chaste come from around 1200. It comes from the Latin castus, meaning “pure.” The word caste comes from the same root.
Whether someone is considered morally pure or chaste heavily depends on cultural and religious norms, and the idea of chastity may differ from one religion to another or one person to another. In Christianity, the word chaste is typically used to describe those who avoid sexual activity outside of marriage or sexual activity without the goal of reproduction. Describing someone as unchaste is a moral judgment, and the person may take offense to this, especially if they don’t believe in the same set of morals. In many religions, the promotion of chastity has traditionally been directed more toward women, leading some people to criticize such lessons as sexist or oppressive.
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How is chaste used in real life?
The word chaste is usually used in the context of religion, or in the criticism of religious teaching about such things.
Are you staying chaste because of your religion or because you want to?
— ANGEL TOPEDO 🤺 (@ThoughtPillow) September 7, 2020
Women don’t need to be polite all the time. We don’t need to be permanently professional. We don’t need to pretend to be chaste, innocent beings who blush at the idea of sex to make men comfortable. Don’t EVER feel obligated to make a man comfortable.
— Empress of the Demon Council (@formerlypissed) September 7, 2020
There's just something about a man in a well-tailored suit that makes me forget my name, religion, and pure chaste moral values
— FJ Thee REAL Racist (@FeministaJones) May 23, 2013
Example sentences 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|DAILY BEAST
Unlike the chaste boys club devotees of ‘Dungeons and Losers’ (oops, ‘Dragons’) of yore, women play the new games and like them.
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|Eric Herschthal|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is a sense that Bennett is the real deal: he is the authentic Zionist, the chaste politician, the man with a plan.
But not all sayings are as chaste as “No good deed goes unpunished.”
And besides these his masterpieces, his verses have the chaste and exquisite quality of the best Greek poetry.Concord Days|A. Bronson Alcott
These ulmens of the spiritual world are conceived to be of both sexes, who always continue pure and chaste without propagation.
His style is uniformly distinguished by a chaste simplicity, and well sustained power.
He terms the body "holy" when it is chaste, chastity being, in God's sight, equivalent to holiness.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II|Martin Luther
With that single glance she halted; her eyes sought the ceiling in chaste exaltation.Trent's Trust and Other Stories|Bret Harte