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ˈtʃæs tɪ tichasti·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chastity, celibacy, sexual abstentionnoun

    abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)

  2. virtue, chastity, sexual moralitynoun

    morality with respect to sexual relations


  1. chastitynoun

    The state of abstaining from sexual intercourse before or outside of marriage; avoidance of sexual sins; the quality of being chaste; moral purity.

  2. Chastitynoun

    from the virtue chastity.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chastitynoun

    Etymology: castitas, Lat.

    Who can be bound by any solemn vow,
    To force a spotless virgin’s chastity? William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Chastity is either abstinence or continence: abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence of married persons: chaste marriages are honourable and pleasing to God. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Living Holy.

    Ev’n here where frozen chastity retires,
    Love finds an altar for forbidden fires. Alexander Pope.

    There is not chastity enough in language,
    Without offence to utter them. William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chastitynoun

    the state of being chaste; purity of body; freedom from unlawful sexual intercourse

  2. Chastitynoun

    moral purity

  3. Chastitynoun

    the unmarried life; celibacy

  4. Chastitynoun


  5. Etymology: [F. chastet, fr. L. castitas, fr. castus. See Chaste.]


  1. Chastity

    Chastity refers to the sexual behavior of a man or woman acceptable to the moral standards and guidelines of a culture, civilization or religion. In the Western world, the term has become closely associated with sexual abstinence, especially before marriage. However, the term remains applicable to persons in all states, single or married, clerical or lay, heterosexual or homosexual, and has implications beyond sexual temperance.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chastity in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chastity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of chastity in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Paine:

    It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.

  2. Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling:

    Jenny replied to this with a bitterness which might have surprized a judicious person, who had observed the tranquillity with which she bore all the affronts to her chastity; but her patience was perhaps tired out, for this is a virtue which is very apt to be fatigued by exercise.

  3. The Vatican newspaper:

    The ogres were not exclusively men in cassocks. Paedophilia does not necessarily derive from a vow of chastity, but it is by now clear that there were too many people in the Church who were more worried about the image of the institution than the gravity of the act.

  4. George Santayana:

    Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.

  5. George Santayana:

    Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.

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