chas·​ti·​ty ˈcha-stə-tē How to pronounce chastity (audio)
: the quality or state of being chaste: such as
: abstention from unlawful sexual intercourse
: abstention from all sexual intercourse
The priest took a vow of chastity.
: purity in conduct and intention
sought to protect her threatened chastity
: restraint and simplicity in design or expression
… describes the familiar campaigns with an admirable chastity of diction.Richard Brookhiser
: 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 on the Web Alden so often plays fun, likable guys, and Phoebe is best known for playing this paragon of chastity on Bridgerton. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2023 But the most inconceivable part of the show isn’t the chastity of these relationships or the lack of Euphoria-esque extracurriculars but the use of Instagram as a primary mode of communication. Bella Arnold, Vulture, 8 Aug. 2023 This was because Jalandhar, born from Shiva’s third eye, had previously won a boon from the god Brahma that his wife’s chastity would keep him invincible in any battle. Holly Walters, The Conversation, 4 Aug. 2023 Brandan and Mary spent the night together in their shared bed — sleeping top to tail to preserve their chastity. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 1 Aug. 2023 Historically, women have been conditioned to act, behave, and dress in ways that uphold traditional euro-centric and often religious values such as Christianity, encouraging them to promote modesty, purity, and chastity. Shanetta McDonald,, 20 July 2023 Born the son of a wealthy merchant in Assisi, Francis devoted himself after a religious vision to a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. Perri Klass, New York Times, 5 July 2023 Between the goddess and her nymphs, bathing in the sacred grotto, lives the premise of chastity even as the nymphs flirt in their eloquent poses. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 21 Aug. 2022 The color white represented purity, symbolizing both a woman’s chastity and her transition to a married Roman matron. Marlise Schoeny, The Conversation, 4 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History


Middle English chastete, chastite, borrowed from Anglo-French casthetet, chasteté, borrowed from Latin castitāt-, castitās, from castus "free from, free from vice, chaste" + -itāt-, -itās

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Chastity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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chas·​ti·​ty ˈchas-tət-ē How to pronounce chastity (audio)
: the quality or state of being chaste

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