adjective \ˈchāst\

: not having sex

: morally pure or decent : not sinful

: simple or plain


Full Definition of CHASTE

:  innocent of unlawful sexual intercourse
:  celibate
:  pure in thought and act :  modest
a :  severely simple in design or execution :  austere <chaste classicism>
b :  clean, spotless
chaste·ly adverb
chaste·ness \ˈchās(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of CHASTE

  1. a chaste kiss on the cheek
  2. <as one would expect, the minister's small talk is always chaste, even though he likes a joke as much as the next person>

Origin of CHASTE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin castus pure
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of CHASTE

chaste, pure, modest, decent mean free from all taint of what is lewd or salacious. chaste primarily implies a refraining from acts or even thoughts or desires that are not virginal or not sanctioned by marriage vows <they maintained chaste relations>. pure differs from chaste in implying innocence and absence of temptation rather than control of one's impulses and actions <the pure of heart>. modest and decent apply especially to deportment and dress as outward signs of inward chastity or purity <preferred more modest swimsuits> <decent people didn't go to such movies>.

Rhymes with CHASTE


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