from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition or quality of being pure or chaste.
  • n. Virginity.
  • n. Virtuous character.
  • n. Celibacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of abstaining from sexual intercourse before or outside of marriage; avoidance of sexual sins; the quality of being chaste; moral purity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being chaste; purity of body; freedom from unlawful sexual intercourse.
  • n. Moral purity.
  • n. The unmarried life; celibacy.
  • n. Chasteness.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
  • n. morality with respect to sexual relations


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English chastite, from Old French chastete, from Latin castitās, from castus, pure; see chaste.



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