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Vestal Virgin

Syllabification: Ves·tal Vir·gin
(also vestal virgin)

Definition of Vestal Virgin in English:

noun

(In ancient Rome) a virgin consecrated to Vesta and vowed to chastity, sharing the charge of maintaining the sacred fire burning on the goddess’s altar.
Example sentences
  • The purity of women represents and safeguards the purity of the state; thus the consecrated virginity of the Vestal Virgins upheld the integrity of ancient Rome.
  • The punishment for lost chastity of a Vestal Virgin was live burial, because that was considered the best way to kill them without spilling their blood.
  • It was the punishment stipulated for Vestal Virgins found guilty of sexual misconduct.

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