chaste

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adjective \ ˈchāst \

Definition of chaste

chaster; chastest
1 :innocent of unlawful sexual intercourse
2 :celibate
  • Monks lead a chaste life.
3 :pure in thought and act :modest
  • was sincerely trying to be chaste
4 a :severely simple in design or execution :austere
  • chaste classicism
  • the pure, chaste lines of ancient Greek buildings

chastely

adverb

chasteness

play \ˈchās(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of chaste in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of chaste

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin castus pure

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

CHASTE Defined for English Language Learners

chaste

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adjective

Definition of chaste for English Language Learners

  • : not having sex

  • : morally pure or decent : not sinful

  • : simple or plain


CHASTE Defined for Kids

chaste

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adjective \ ˈchāst \

Definition of chaste for Students

chaster; chastest
1 :pure in thought and act :modest
2 :simple or plain in design


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