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Origin of chastity
OTHER WORDS FROM chastitynon·chas·ti·ty, noun
Words nearby chastity
ABOUT THIS WORD
What does chastity mean?
Chastity most commonly refers to the quality or virtue of refraining from sexual activity that’s considered immoral, especially according to the teachings of a certain religion.
It sometimes means about the same thing as celibacy—refraining from all sexual activity. When members of certain religions take a vow of chastity, this is usually what it means.
Chastity is the quality of being chaste. The word chaste can be used to describe someone who refrains sexual activity considered immoral or any sexual activity. 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 chastity.
Where does chastity come from?
The first records of the word chastity come from around 1200. It ultimately comes from the Latin castus, meaning “pure.” The word caste comes from the same root. The suffix -ity is used to form abstract nouns.
What’s considered morally pure 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 chastity often refers to the avoidance of 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.
Chastity appears in the phrase chastity belt, a type of device that typically covers the genitals and is designed to prevent sexual contact with the person wearing it.
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What are some other forms related to chastity?
- nonchastity (noun)
- chaste (adjective)
What are some synonyms for chastity?
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How is chastity used in real life?
The word chastity is usually used in the context of religion, or in the criticism of religious teaching about such things.
@SBroadie Nuns do not have boyfriends. We take a vow of chastity- giving our whole selves to the Lord. Hope this helps clarify.
— Sr Margaret Michael (@srmmichael) November 26, 2014
What a loss for Westeros that as kingsguard Podrick has to take a vow of chastity
— Sally Tamarkin (@sallyt) May 21, 2019
Preaching that chastity = purity creates an environment that insinuates a woman's worth is based on her virginity.
— This Machine Kills Fascists (@RoyalHoeliness) April 15, 2014
Example sentences from the Web for chastity
Okay, but still, “Homosexual persons are called to chastity.”Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition|Jay Michaelson|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If women attend games he said, there could be no guarantees that hejab or chastity would be properly observed or respected.
All of these individuals take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and live together in community.A Prominent Jesuit Talks About the Order’s First Pope|Abby Haglage|March 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She appears to be, on the surface, a paragon of chastity and virtue.Taylor Swift Is Badass and So Is Her Record-Breaking Album, ‘Red’|Marlow Stern|November 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So Chaz—whether when he was a lesbian as Chastity or a man as Chaz—is fat.Billy Sammeth, the Manager Fired by Cher and Joan Rivers, Tells His Side of the Story|Kevin Sessums|February 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The virtues of woman are these: chastity, regard for her own honour, and a modest manner of life.
From that time the bridegroom has leave to visit his bride, if he engages not to take away her chastity.The History of Prostitution|William W. Sanger
Have a few short days sufficed to undo and render as naught the purity—the chastity of years?The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
He terms the body "holy" when it is chaste, chastity being, in God's sight, equivalent to holiness.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II|Martin Luther
On the contrary, chastity was a pre-eminent virtue of the samurai woman, held above life itself.Bushido, the Soul of Japan|Inazo Nitob