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 Vatican decrees On Tuesday, the Vatican issued several decrees upholding Olson’s decision to investigate Gerlach, who was accused of breaking her chastity vow with a priest from North Carolina. Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 24 May 2024 India’s changing social fabric—influenced first by the spread of Western education and Victorian morality during British rule, and later by Hindu reformist values of chastity—saw a decline in the courtesans’ status in society. Astha Rajvanshi, TIME, 2 May 2024 In August 2023, the nuns rejected the bishop’s authority in a dispute over his investigation into reports their prioress, the Rev. Mother Teresa Agnes Gerlach, broke her chastity vow with a priest. Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 Apr. 2024 Roman centurion Lucius Verginius killed his daughter to protect her chastity from an abuser, Appius Claudius. Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager, The Conversation, 7 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for chastity 

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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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Cite this Entry

“Chastity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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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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