adjective (chaster; chastest) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin castus pure Date: 13th century 1. innocent of unlawful sexual intercourse 2. celibate 3. pure in thought and act ; modest 4. a. severely simple in design or execution ; austere <
chaste classicism
b. clean, spotlesschastely adverbchasteness noun Synonyms: chaste, pure, modest, decent mean free from all taint of what is lewd or salacious. chaste primarily implies a refraining from acts or even thoughts or desires that are not virginal or not sanctioned by marriage vows <
they maintained chaste relations
. pure differs from chaste in implying innocence and absence of temptation rather than control of one's impulses and actions <
the pure of heart
. modest and decent apply especially to deportment and dress as outward signs of inward chastity or purity <
preferred more modest swimsuits
decent people didn't go to such movies

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