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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For its part, Pan Am must have viewed the girdle as a kind of modern-day chastity belt.
▪ Just reflect for a moment on the purpose of the human chastity belt.
▪ A woman's chastity is considered as her highest virtue and all Hindu traditional literature extols the greatness of a chaste woman.
▪ Also patron of academics, chastity, pencil makers and schools.
▪ Being what they are they have not chastity.
▪ Besides, there is nothing inconsistent with free will or even chastity in this view of life.
▪ But as Lucy Re-Bartlett asserted, chastity was part of women's revolt against false social conditions.
▪ For its part, Pan Am must have viewed the girdle as a kind of modern-day chastity belt.
▪ Then, Isabel live chaste, and brother, die: More than our brother is our chastity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

    She . . . hath preserved her spotless chastity.
    --T. Carew.

  2. Moral purity.

    So dear to heaven is saintly chastity, That, when a soul is found sicerely so A thousand liveried angels lackey her.

  3. The unmarried life; celibacy. [Obs.]

  4. (Literature & Art) Chasteness.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, chastete, "sexual purity" (as defined by the Church), including but not limited to virginity or celibacy, from Old French chastete "chastity, purity" (12c., Modern French chasteté), from Latin castitatem (nominative castitas) "purity, chastity" from castus (see caste).


n. The state of abstaining from sexual intercourse before or outside of marriage; avoidance of sexual sins; the quality of being chaste; moral purity.

  1. n. abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows) [syn: celibacy, sexual abstention]

  2. morality with respect to sexual relations [syn: virtue, sexual morality]


Chastity is sexual behavior of a man or woman that is acceptable to the moral standards and guidelines of their culture, civilization or religion. The term has become closely associated (and is often used interchangeably) with sexual abstinence, especially before marriage and outside marriage.

Chastity (wrestling)

Denise Riffle (born June 18, 1971) is an American retired professional wrestling valet, better known by her ring name, Chastity. She is best known for her appearances in Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling in the late 1990s.

Chastity (comics)

Chastity is both the name of a comic book character and series in which she is primarily featured. It was produced and published by Chaos! Comics and currently owned by Tales of Wonder.

Chastity (disambiguation)

Chastity is the sexual behavior of a man or woman acceptable to the ethical norms and guidelines of a certain culture, civilization or religion.

Chastity may also refer to:

  • Chastity (comics), a comic book
  • Denise Riffle (born 1971), former professional wrestling valet better known as Chastity
  • Chastity Bono (born 1969), American LGBT rights advocate, writer, actor, and former musician
  • Chastity belt, a device worn to prevent sexual intercourse
  • Operation Chastity, an aborted World War II plan to construct an artificial harbour in Quiberon Bay, France
  • Chastity (film), a 1969 film starring Cher
    • Chastity (soundtrack), Cher's soundtrack album to the film
  • "Chastity", a song by iiO
Chastity (soundtrack)

Chastity is the first soundtrack album by American singer-actress Cher, released on June 1969 by Atco. It was released to promote and accompany the 1969 motion picture, Chastity. The album, like the film from which it came, was a commercial failure.

Chastity (film)

Chastity is a 1969 road movie drama, directed by Alessio de Paola and starring American singer-actress Cher, in her first solo film role. Written and produced by Cher's then-husband, Sonny Bono, as a star vehicle for her, it flopped badly and deterred Cher from acting in films for more than a decade.

Usage examples of "chastity".

Chastity and Cyn had to fight their way through after her, like battling through endless lines of washing.

Chastity could see, Cyn purchased a nightgown, a lace-trimmed chemise, two pairs of cotton stockings, and garters threaded with pink ribbon.

Chastity set to soothing her sister, and Cyn took Hoskins down to the coach and horses.

And Susan found herself wondering if Lester Mon Dama had, like many of the other priests of the Trust, taken a vow of chastity.

As a matter of faith, liberals believe: Darwinism is a fact, people are born gay, child-molesters can be rehabilitated, recycling is a virtue, and chastity is not.

Hell, this is the eleventh year of the Seventh Aceall that chastity and everlasting fidelity stuff left by the Dogtown gate before you and I were born.

Luther proclaimed that chastity was impossible, while the humanists gloried in the flesh.

MONK FROM TIBET: He lived in a yurt, ate tea thick with butter, wondered a lot about life, took a vow of chastity but broke it when he was in Alexandria, discovered the Ovis poli and the spectacled bear, not knowing what he had discovered, knew some good jokes, and died without ever being really satisfied.

Of course, a Pachomian sister must adhere to vows of chastity just like any nun, but prior to taking up the cloth, she need not have been a virgin.

Could I, my Sophia, have flattered myself with the most distant hopes of being ever permitted to throw myself at your feet in the manner I do now, it would not have been in the power of any other woman to have inspired a thought which the severest chastity could have condemned.

I should violate my own chastity and expose myself to consequences I tremble to think of.

I my selfe did secretly pitty his estate, and bewaile his evill fortune : for she had not one fault alone, but all the mischiefes that could be devised : shee was crabbed, cruell, lascivious, drunken, obstinate, niggish, covetous, riotous in filthy expenses, and an enemy to faith and chastity, a despise of all the Gods, whom other did honour, one that affirmed that she had a God by her selfe, wherby she deceived all men, but especially her poore husband, one that abandoned her body with continuall whoredome.

At her house I made the acquaintance of several gamblers, and of three or four frauleins who, without any dread of the Commissaries of Chastity, were devoted to the worship of Venus, and were so kindly disposed that they were not afraid of lowering their nobility by accepting some reward for their kindness--a circumstance which proved to me that the Commissaries were in the habit of troubling only the girls who did not frequent good houses.

After taking their vows of poverty, silence, and chastity, their only communication with the outside world was a rare visit held in the locutory where wooden jalousies admitted voices but not light.

In one word, my dear son, the vow of chastity is so much opposed to Divine precepts and to human nature that it can be agreeable neither to God nor to society, nor to those who pledge themselves to keep it, and being in such opposition to every divine and human law, it must be a crime.