Definition of chastity
1 : the quality or state of being chaste: such asa : abstention from unlawful sexual intercourseb : abstention from all sexual intercourse The priest took a vow of chastity.c : purity in conduct and intention sought to protect her threatened chastityd : 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
a saint who is often held up as a model of chastity
vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
Recent Examples of chastity from the Web
Roberto De Paolis makes his feature debut with the story of a teenage girl about to take a vow of chastity and the boy who catches her eye.
Mourners lead lives ofdignified chastity, absolutely devoted to the arts of stillness andobservation.
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Origin and Etymology of chastity
First Known Use: 13th century
CHASTITY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of chastity for Students
: the quality or state of being pure in thought and act
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