Chaste (?), a. [F. chaste, from L. castus pure, chaste; cf. Gr. pure, Skr. udth to purify.]

1.

Pure from unlawful sexual intercourse; virtuous; continent.

"As chaste as Diana."

Shak.

Whose bed is undefiled and chaste pronounced. Milton.

2.

Pure in thought and act; innocent; free from lewdness and obscenity, or indecency in act or speech; modest; as, a chaste mind; chaste eyes.

3.

Pure in design and expression; correct; free from barbarisms or vulgarisms; refined; simple; as, a chaste style in composition or art.

That great model of chaste, lofty, and eloquence, the Book of Common Prayer. Macaulay.

4.

Unmarried.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

Syn. -- Undefiled; pure; virtuous; continent; immaculate; spotless.

Chaste tree. Same as Agnus castus.

 

© Webster 1913.

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