Definition of unchaste in US English:



  • Relating to or engaging in sexual activity, especially of an illicit or extramarital nature.

    ‘unchaste subjects in art’
    • ‘Sita came, and Valmiki said, ‘They are all saying you are unchaste.’’
    • ‘This is Athens, the city that gave man marriage ‘by which the unchaste nature of the female was at last governed.’’
    • ‘I must love all men, and never quarrel, nor be drunk, nor be unchaste, nor steal, nor tell a lie, nor be discontent with my condition.’
    • ‘That is not, however, to say there was anything unchristian, unchaste, or subversive to the Faith.’
    • ‘She offers him the choice: he can have her old and ugly and faithful or young, beautiful, and possibly unchaste.’
    • ‘In burghs throughout the country ‘black Genevan ministers and kirk sessions had it in for the ungodly and unchaste, and at one palace or another Buchanan beat learning into young King James.’
    • ‘Eva is also a mythic character who is unchaste and unwilling to submit to anyone or any God, in opposition to her Christian namesake.’
    • ‘Denouncing unchaste women, Hamlet madly advises Ophelia to become a celibate nun.’
    • ‘Thus, the chaste woman was sealed, impermeable; the unchaste woman was porous, incontinent.’
    • ‘In one polemic after another Islamist writers contrast the virtuous Muslim woman with her Western or Westernized counterpart - naked, unchaste, and corrupt, a potent source of fitna or strife.’
    • ‘Mary goes off to a lonely place to give birth to the child, she brings the child back, her family accuses her of unchastity, the child speaks out of his cradle to assure everybody that Mary is not unchaste.’
    • ‘William's downfall, in The Zeal of Thy House, comes about partly because of his unchaste, rowdy, and drunken way of life.’
    • ‘Limits placed on the movement of Muslim women, the jobs they can hold and their interactions with men are all rooted in fears of unchaste behavior.’
    • ‘Under Hardin, a woman who had been unchaste, but had reformed herself could become ‘an innocent woman in the eyes of the law.’’
    • ‘The girl's father was so ashamed that he buried his daughter alive for her unchaste behavior, and Phoebus could not save her from the burial or revive her lifeless body.’
    • ‘This is proven when the hag offers her husband the choice: he can have her old and ugly and faithful or young, beautiful, and possible unchaste.’
    • ‘The women, becoming unchaste, will freely wander from one man to the next.’
    • ‘Their love of sumptuous clothes is simultaneously the inspiration for and the evidence of their ‘wanton, lewd, and unchaste behavior’.’
    • ‘Iago has already convinced him that Desdemona is unchaste.’
    • ‘PC Clegg said the woman's husband left her on account of her drinking habits and then she commenced to lead an unchaste life.’
    unethical, bad, morally wrong, wrongful, wicked, evil, unprincipled, unscrupulous, dishonourable, dishonest, unconscionable, iniquitous, disreputable, fraudulent, corrupt, depraved, vile, villainous, nefarious, base, unfair, underhand, devious
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