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Origin of chastity

1175–1225; Middle English chastite, variant of chastete < Old French < Latin castitāt- (stem of castitās), equivalent to cast(us) chaste + -itāt- -ity
Related formsnon·chas·ti·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of chastity

  • She knew of situations like that, the cul-de-sac of chastity, worse than any devised by a Javert.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Externally the combat of chastity recommences; always the thorns reappear.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Numberless women have withered in this unprofitable service to chastity.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • But, indeed, chastity had at first no connection with morals.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Chastity is only regarded as a virtue when the woman has become the property of the husband.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

British Dictionary definitions for chastity


  1. the state of being chaste; purity
  2. abstention from sexual intercourse; virginity or celibacya vow of chastity

Word Origin for chastity

C13: from Old French chasteté, from Latin castitās, from castus chaste
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Word Origin and History for chastity

c.1200, chastete, "sexual purity" (as defined by the Church), including but not limited to virginity or celibacy, from Old French chastete "chastity, purity" (12c., Modern French chasteté), from Latin castitatem (nominative castitas) "purity, chastity" from castus (see caste).

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