- 1Abstaining from extramarital, or from all, sexual intercourse: what is required of celibate Catholic clergy is to remain chasteMore example sentences
virginal, virgin, intact, maidenly, maiden, unmarried, unwed; celibate, abstinent, self-restrained, self-denying, nunlike; innocent, pure, pure as the driven snow, guiltless, sinless, free of sin, uncorrupted, incorrupt, uncontaminated, undefiled, unsullied; virtuous, good, decent, moral, proper, decorous, demure, modest, wholesome, upright• informal squeaky cleanChristianity immaculate• literary vestal• rare continent
- In 1997 the denomination amended its constitution to stipulate that in order to be ordained as a church leader, a person must live in a committed heterosexual relationship or be chaste.
- Now this was according to God's will, so that the church might be provided with pure altar bread made by the hands of a chaste and innocent youth.
- Despite a law that requires all unmarried clergy to remain chaste, she didn't hide the nature of her relationship.
- 1.1Not having any sexual nature or intention: a chaste, consoling embraceMore example sentences
- For Nietzsche, there is no modesty, no chaste self-governing in the sexual antagonism and the unrestrained gift of the woman.
- Oh, they flirt casually, make eyes at each other, and share a chaste embrace or two, but we never see anything that makes us say, ‘Now they're a couple.’
- They embraced in a chaste kiss that was long over due.
- 1.2Without unnecessary ornamentation; simple or restrained: chaste Classical symmetryMore example sentences
- He was, according to one of his many illustrious pupils, ‘a charming teacher, so simple, unaffected and sincere in manner, so chaste in style, so clear in demonstration’.
- It stood pure, chaste, pious and impenetrable.
- His diction is pure and chaste, and has all the dignity which the subject requires and all the grace of which it admits.
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- In my daydreams she said she would leave her husband for me, then kissed me chastely on the forehead.
- Maybe its just that you need to understand the conventions of Bollywood - for instance, the lovers never kiss, just embrace chastely, preferably in front of a massive florid sunset.
- As you would expect from a historian of Molony's distinction, his autobiography is written chastely, elegantly, self-critically and charitably.
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- Three women holding bands, entwining, have the chasteness of young girls frolicking on a beach.
- Her chasteness was somehow the outward proof, the external manifestation, of a potential for sexual abandon all the more alluring for being hidden, invisible.
- The passage has an almost classical chasteness.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin castus.