Adjective "chaste" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Abstaining from extramarital, or from all, sexual intercourse.
  1. 'They must be seen to remain chaste and virginal at all times.'
  2. 'In pre-Biblical days, the Greeks permitted only virgins and chaste men to process olives.'
  3. '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.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'In general terms Spenser's female characters are praised for fulfilling the roles of supportive partner or chaste virgin.'
  7. 'Emilia asks to be placed next to her dying mistress, and as she dies, she tells Othello that Desdemona is innocent and chaste.'
  8. 'Joseph is not a chaste man sexually harassed by the wife of Potiphar, but a male beauty who sexually teases her.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Hence the virginal Elizabeth, who was chaste and civilised where her queenly predecessor was promiscuous and barbaric.'
  11. 'a chaste, consoling embrace'
  12. 'The kiss we share is simple and chaste, yet beneath it runs a current of longing and desire borne of our time apart.'
  13. 'Since then, I have spent my week in carefree, moral, and chaste ecstasy.'
  14. 'Their lips met, and for a second it was a chaste, innocent kiss, but suddenly something flared to life.'
  15. 'For Nietzsche, there is no modesty, no chaste self-governing in the sexual antagonism and the unrestrained gift of the woman.'
  16. 'As lovely as this seems, there is a dark cloud threatening to corrupt this pure, chaste, unspoiled sensation.'
  17. 'A good night kiss, as chaste and as innocent as it could be, just seemed the fitting response to that sensitivity.'
  18. 'They embraced in a chaste kiss that was long over due.'
  19. 'Lewdness abounds, but after all of this repressed sexuality, the next scene is a chaste dance between Mina and the addled Harker.'
  20. 'chaste Classical symmetry'
  21. 'It stood pure, chaste, pious and impenetrable.'
  22. 'Clark's talent has always been about paradox, the chaste classical lines of his choreography inflected with a blatant sexual frisson.'


1. refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous.

2. virgin.

3. not engaging in sexual relations; celibate.

4. free from obscenity; decent: chaste conversation.

5. undefiled or stainless: chaste, white snow.

6. pure in style; not excessively ornamented; simple.

7. Obsolete. unmarried.

More examples(as adjective)

"thoughts can be chaste as eunuchs."

"movements can be chaste in expressions."

"people can be chaste."

"kisses can be chaste."

"virginses can be chaste."

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Middle English: from Old French, from Latin castus.