Definition of chaste in US English:

chaste

adjective

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Joseph is not a chaste man sexually harassed by the wife of Potiphar, but a male beauty who sexually teases her.’
    • ‘The girl was soft, lily-white, as pure and chaste as they came.’
    • ‘In pre-Biblical days, the Greeks permitted only virgins and chaste men to process olives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Only within a conjugal union could women be chaste and virtuous, and nurture a positive influence on children and men.’
    • ‘They must be seen to remain chaste and virginal at all times.’
    • ‘Hence the virginal Elizabeth, who was chaste and civilised where her queenly predecessor was promiscuous and barbaric.’
    • ‘In general terms Spenser's female characters are praised for fulfilling the roles of supportive partner or chaste virgin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Emilia asks to be placed next to her dying mistress, and as she dies, she tells Othello that Desdemona is innocent and chaste.’
    • ‘He has a crown of flowers that supposedly only the pure and chaste can see.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Eva would want to know, but the kiss was too private, too perfect, too wonderful, too pure and chaste to be shared.’
      • ‘Lewdness abounds, but after all of this repressed sexuality, the next scene is a chaste dance between Mina and the addled Harker.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their lips met, and for a second it was a chaste, innocent kiss, but suddenly something flared to life.’
      • ‘A good night kiss, as chaste and as innocent as it could be, just seemed the fitting response to that sensitivity.’
      • ‘They embraced in a chaste kiss that was long over due.’
      • ‘As lovely as this seems, there is a dark cloud threatening to corrupt this pure, chaste, unspoiled sensation.’
      • ‘It was a chaste kiss ended in a comforting embrace.’
      • ‘But that relatively chaste kiss and tender embrace was as far as she would allow him to go.’
      • ‘Since then, I have spent my week in carefree, moral, and chaste ecstasy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The kiss we share is simple and chaste, yet beneath it runs a current of longing and desire borne of our time apart.’
      • ‘Then they held each other in an embrace that was not altogether chaste.’
      • ‘He pulled her into a chaste embrace and bent to whisper in her ear.’
      non-sexual, friendly, platonic, innocent
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    2. 1.2 Without unnecessary ornamentation; simple or restrained.
      ‘the dark, chaste interior was lightened by tilework’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘It stood pure, chaste, pious and impenetrable.’
      • ‘His diction is pure and chaste, and has all the dignity which the subject requires and all the grace of which it admits.’
      • ‘Clark's talent has always been about paradox, the chaste classical lines of his choreography inflected with a blatant sexual frisson.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/CHāst//tʃeɪst/