chastity

noun
chas·​ti·​ty | \ ˈcha-stə-tē How to pronounce chastity (audio) \

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

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Examples of chastity in a Sentence

a saint who is often held up as a model of chastity vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience

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Martin recalled that during the previous World Meeting of Families, held in Philadelphia in 2015, the only official event about gay Catholics featured a gay man and his mother speaking about chastity. Washington Post, "Vatican-backed family rally to have speech on welcoming gays," 11 June 2018 Even so, the great saint’s famous hedge to the Almighty on chastity echoes the North Korean leader’s plea to Donald Trump in Hanoi: Mr. President, help me give up my nuclear weapons—but not yet. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "About Trump’s ‘Failure’ in Hanoi," 4 Mar. 2019 Martin recalled that during the previous World Meeting of Families, held in Philadelphia in 2015, the only official event about gay Catholics featured a gay man and his mother speaking about chastity. Washington Post, "Vatican-backed family rally to have speech on welcoming gays," 11 June 2018 Anita Raines, of the Conference’s National Advisory Council, said the council wants a code of conduct for bishops and a public recommitment to chastity and holiness. Marisa Iati, The Seattle Times, "Bishops are conflicted about how they need to change to reduce sexual abuse," 13 Nov. 2018 Martin recalled that during the previous World Meeting of Families, held in Philadelphia in 2015, the only official event about gay Catholics featured a gay man and his mother speaking about chastity. Washington Post, "Vatican-backed family rally to have speech on welcoming gays," 11 June 2018 Martin recalled that during the previous World Meeting of Families, held in Philadelphia in 2015, the only official event about gay Catholics featured a gay man and his mother speaking about chastity. NBC News, "Vatican-backed family rally expected to have speech on lesbian and gay faithful," 12 June 2018 This was hardly the first occasion when a party had locked its politicians in purdah to preserve their chastity from a predatory rival. The Economist, "People in India often despair of their democracy," 31 May 2018 Reilly endured his year of chastity and applied again. John L’heureux, The New Yorker, "The Long Black Line," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of chastity

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chastity

see chaste

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The first known use of chastity was in the 13th century

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chastity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chastity

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

chastity

noun
chas·​ti·​ty | \ ˈcha-stə-tē How to pronounce chastity (audio) \

Kids Definition of chastity

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

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