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chastity Line breaks: chas|tity
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃastɪti/

Definition of chastity in English:


[mass noun]
The state or practice of refraining from extramarital, or especially from all, sexual intercourse: vows of chastity
More example sentences
  • 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;
singleness, maidenhood, the unmarried state;
innocence, purity, virtue, goodness, decency, morality, decorum, modesty, wholesomeness;
Christianity  immaculateness
rare continence


Middle English: from Old French chastete, from Latin castitas, from castus 'morally pure' (see chaste).

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