chastity

noun chas·ti·ty \ ˈchas-tə-tē \

Definition of chastity

1 : the quality or state of being chaste: such as
a : abstention from unlawful sexual intercourse
b : abstention from all sexual intercourse
  • The priest took a vow of chastity.
c : purity in conduct and intention
  • sought to protect her threatened chastity
d : restraint and simplicity in design or expression
  • … describes the familiar campaigns with an admirable chastity of diction.
  • —Richard Brookhiser
2 : personal integrity

Examples of chastity in a Sentence

  1. a saint who is often held up as a model of chastity

  2. vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience

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Origin and Etymology of chastity

see chaste


CHASTITY Defined for English Language Learners

chastity

noun

Definition of chastity for English Language Learners

  • : the state of not having sex with anyone : the quality or state of being chaste


CHASTITY Defined for Kids

chastity

noun chas·ti·ty \ ˈcha-stə-tē \

Definition of chastity for Students

: the quality or state of being pure in thought and act


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