chaste

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adjective \ˈchāst\

Definition of chaste

chaster

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chastest

  1. 1 :  innocent of unlawful sexual intercourse

  2. 2 :  celibate <Monks lead a chaste life.>

  3. 3 :  pure in thought and act :  modest <was sincerely trying to be chaste>

  4. 4a :  severely simple in design or execution :  austere <chaste classicism> <the pure, chaste lines of ancient Greek buildings>b :  clean, spotless

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>

Origin and Etymology 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>.

CHASTE Defined for English Language Learners

chaste

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adjective \ˈchāst\

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. 1 :  pure in thought and act :  modest

  2. 2 :  simple or plain in design



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