American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being pure or chaste.
- n. Virginity.
- n. Virtuous character.
- n. Celibacy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being chaste; the state of being guiltless of unlawful sexual intercourse; sexual purity.
- n. Celibacy; the unmarried state.
- n. Abstinence from lawful indulgence of sexual intercourse; continence due to a religious motive.
- n. Freedom from obscenity, depravity, or impurity, as in thought, language, or life; moral purity.
- n. Purity and simplicity of style in writing.—
- n. In art, freedom from meretricious ornament or affectation.
- n. The state of abstaining from sexual intercourse before or outside of marriage; avoidance of sexual sins; the quality of being chaste; moral purity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being chaste; purity of body; freedom from unlawful sexual intercourse.
- n. Moral purity.
- n. obsolete The unmarried life; celibacy.
- n. (Literature & Art) Chasteness.
- n. abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
- n. morality with respect to sexual relations
- Middle English chastite, from Old French chastete, from Latin castitās, from castus, pure; see chaste. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Her mind is still afraid of the unknown and of what she does not understand; that is what they call chastity and purity.”
“And the value of my chastity is one level on which men cannot compete with me.”
““You are not a real man because you cannot attract The Ladies with your innate sexual virility/status/wealth etc” to go along with the “you are a bad lady because you do not believe chastity is the cardinal female virtue.””
“The culture that encourages chastity is seriously misrepresented in the mainstream media.”
“In the capable hands of author, mother, and BYU alum Stephenie Meyer, chastity is charged with sexual excitement.”
“John C. Wright has produced a six-part essay on the subject of why chastity is good, why the erosion of marriage leads to a breakdown in society, and why homosexuality is disordered:”
“We live in a culture in which the virtue of chastity is despised, and so a lot of us make mistakes in that area of life.”
“A foreigner, hearing the Japanese translate our word chastity by the term _téiso_ or _misao_, may imagine that the latter represents mutual obligation and personal purity for man and wife alike, but on looking into the dictionary he will find that _téiso_ means "Womanly duties.”
“In fact, the so called chastity rings have become so popular, they're sold all over the Internet and at major stores.”
“If your peevish chastity, which is not worth a breakfast in the cheapest country under the cope, shall undo a whole household, let me be gelded like”
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