Chastity Chas"ti*ty, n. [F. chastet['e], fr. L. castitas, fr. castus. See {Chaste}.] 1. The state of being chaste; purity of body; freedom from unlawful sexual intercourse. [1913 Webster]

She . . . hath preserved her spotless chastity. --T. Carew. [1913 Webster]

2. Moral purity. [1913 Webster]

So dear to heaven is saintly chastity, That, when a soul is found sicerely so A thousand liveried angels lackey her. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. The unmarried life; celibacy. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

4. (Literature & Art) Chasteness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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