chaste

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French chaste (morally pure), from Latin castus (pure).

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chaste (comparative chaster, superlative chastest)

  1. Abstaining from sexual intercourse; celibate.
  2. Virginal, innocent, having had no sexual experience.
  3. Austere, simple, undecorative.
    a chaste style in composition or art
  4. Decent, modest, morally pure.
    a chaste mind;  chaste eyes

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Married couples are often exhorted to have “chaste sex” – compare the Vatican encyclical Casti Connubii (Of Chaste Wedlock).

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French chaste, caste, a semi-learned term derived from Latin castus.

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Adjective[edit]

chaste (plural chastes)

  1. chaste; celibate

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Old French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Semi-learned term derived from Latin castus.

Adjective[edit]

chaste m (oblique and nominative feminine singular chaste)

  1. chaste; celibate

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