The state or practice of refraining from extramarital, or especially from all, sexual intercourse: vows of chastity
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- Male and female members of religious orders took a vow of chastity and ordained priests were obligated to celibacy.
- Religion is an intensely personal matter and is as sacrosanct as chastity.
- Programs are screened for scenes that contradict the codes of sexual chastity and religious observance.
celibacy, chasteness, virginity, abstinence, self-restraint, self-denial, continence;
innocence, purity, virtue, morality
Middle English: from Old French chastete, from Latin castitas, from castus 'morally pure' (see chaste).
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