Definition of chaste in English:

chaste

adjective

  • 1Abstaining from extramarital, or from all, sexual intercourse.

    ‘what is required of celibate Catholic clergy is to remain chaste’
    • ‘Now this was according to God's will, so that the church might be provided with pure altar bread made by the hands of a chaste and innocent youth.’
    • ‘In 1997 the denomination amended its constitution to stipulate that in order to be ordained as a church leader, a person must live in a committed heterosexual relationship or be chaste.’
    • ‘According to this account it is the story of a chaste, virtuous woman who is shown in the most graphic and vile ways that such virtue is rewarded only with suffering in the world outside convent walls.’
    • ‘In pre-Biblical days, the Greeks permitted only virgins and chaste men to process olives.’
    • ‘He has a crown of flowers that supposedly only the pure and chaste can see.’
    • ‘They must be seen to remain chaste and virginal at all times.’
    • ‘That women's reality is inextricably interconnected to the image of her sexuality is elucidated by the Christian ideal of woman: she is chaste and pure.’
    • ‘The girl was soft, lily-white, as pure and chaste as they came.’
    • ‘Emilia asks to be placed next to her dying mistress, and as she dies, she tells Othello that Desdemona is innocent and chaste.’
    • ‘The pure silvery Moon was associated with the chaste Moon goddesses, Artemis, ‘the Huntress with the Silver Bow’, and Diana, whose images were cast from silver.’
    • ‘In that show's final episode last season, Donna, the last remaining chaste character, gave up her virginity at age 22 to achieve deeper intimacy with boyfriend David.’
    • ‘Despite a law that requires all unmarried clergy to remain chaste, she didn't hide the nature of her relationship.’
    • ‘Joseph is not a chaste man sexually harassed by the wife of Potiphar, but a male beauty who sexually teases her.’
    • ‘In general terms Spenser's female characters are praised for fulfilling the roles of supportive partner or chaste virgin.’
    • ‘Hence the virginal Elizabeth, who was chaste and civilised where her queenly predecessor was promiscuous and barbaric.’
    • ‘Far more common are the direct iconographic or poetic references to the classical goddesses Diana, Cynthia and Astraea or to Petrarch's chaste maidens, Laura and Tuccia.’
    • ‘Mostly, though, I object to the fact that the authors show you how to behave as if you were reticent, modest, and chaste - without insisting you actually adopt those virtues.’
    • ‘By the 1800s polite society began to place a premium on brides being virgins, and the Victorian ideal was that women should be chaste before marriage and modest afterwards.’
    • ‘Only within a conjugal union could women be chaste and virtuous, and nurture a positive influence on children and men.’
    • ‘It is precisely as chaste maidens or model wives and mothers that they exercise the only form of power that patriarchy leaves to women: the right of prohibition.’
    virginal, virgin, intact, maidenly, maiden, unmarried, unwed
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    1. 1.1 Not having any sexual nature or intention.
      ‘a chaste, consoling embrace’
      • ‘Lewdness abounds, but after all of this repressed sexuality, the next scene is a chaste dance between Mina and the addled Harker.’
      • ‘Romantic fable though it may be, this film's approach to romance is chaste, indeed: there are no embraces, nor is there any kissing or touching, let alone nudity and fornication.’
      • ‘A good night kiss, as chaste and as innocent as it could be, just seemed the fitting response to that sensitivity.’
      • ‘At the same time, like the guest house of a Japanese temple, it provides its users with a chaste, yet strangely luxurious atmosphere in which to contemplate nature.’
      • ‘But that relatively chaste kiss and tender embrace was as far as she would allow him to go.’
      • ‘They embraced in a chaste kiss that was long over due.’
      • ‘For Nietzsche, there is no modesty, no chaste self-governing in the sexual antagonism and the unrestrained gift of the woman.’
      • ‘She shook her head mockingly before walking over to his father to embrace him and gave Garth a chaste kiss on the cheek.’
      • ‘As lovely as this seems, there is a dark cloud threatening to corrupt this pure, chaste, unspoiled sensation.’
      • ‘Then they held each other in an embrace that was not altogether chaste.’
      • ‘Their lips met, and for a second it was a chaste, innocent kiss, but suddenly something flared to life.’
      • ‘The kiss we share is simple and chaste, yet beneath it runs a current of longing and desire borne of our time apart.’
      • ‘Since then, I have spent my week in carefree, moral, and chaste ecstasy.’
      • ‘He pulled her into a chaste embrace and bent to whisper in her ear.’
      • ‘It was a chaste kiss ended in a comforting embrace.’
      • ‘Eva would want to know, but the kiss was too private, too perfect, too wonderful, too pure and chaste to be shared.’
      • ‘Oh, they flirt casually, make eyes at each other, and share a chaste embrace or two, but we never see anything that makes us say, ‘Now they're a couple.’’
      non-sexual, friendly, platonic, innocent
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    2. 1.2 Without unnecessary ornamentation; simple or restrained.
      ‘chaste Classical symmetry’
      • ‘If the male nudes were inherently controversial, Hersilia draped in white like her sisters in David's tableaux of the 1780s, would seem to offer an acceptably chaste classical counterpoint.’
      • ‘He was, according to one of his many illustrious pupils, ‘a charming teacher, so simple, unaffected and sincere in manner, so chaste in style, so clear in demonstration’.’
      • ‘His diction is pure and chaste, and has all the dignity which the subject requires and all the grace of which it admits.’
      • ‘It stood pure, chaste, pious and impenetrable.’
      • ‘Clark's talent has always been about paradox, the chaste classical lines of his choreography inflected with a blatant sexual frisson.’
      plain, simple, bare, unadorned, undecorated, unornamented, unembellished, restrained, unaffected, unpretentious, unfussy, uncluttered, functional, without frills, spartan, austere, ascetic, monastic
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin castus.

Pronunciation

chaste

/tʃeɪst/