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chaste

If you belong to a chastity club, you might have to take a pledge to be chaste until marriage. Chaste can be defined as "pure and virtuous," but basically it means "not having sex."

This word is related to the Latin source of the verb castrate "to remove a man's testicles," so it's definitely related to sex. And chaste is from the same Latin source as the noun caste "a Hindu social class separated from other classes." So the word chaste means no sex, and the word caste means pure and virtuous.

Definitions of chaste
  1. adjective
    abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse
    Synonyms:
    moral
    concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
  2. adjective
    morally pure
    “a holy woman innocent and chaste
    Synonyms:
    celibate, continent
    abstaining from sexual intercourse
    pure, vestal, virgin, virginal, virtuous
    in a state of sexual virginity
    moral
    concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
    pure
    (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless
    virtuous
    morally excellent
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    Antonyms:
    unchaste
    not chaste
    cyprian
    resembling the ancient orgiastic worship of Aphrodite on Cyprus
    easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton
    casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
    fallen
    having lost your chastity
    licentious
    lacking moral discipline; especially sexually unrestrained
    immoral
    deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
    impure
    (used of persons or behaviors) immoral or obscene
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  3. adjective
    pure and simple in design or style
    “a chaste border of conventionalized flowers”
    Synonyms:
    plain
    not elaborate or elaborated; simple
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