chastity

Someone who practices chastity deliberately refrains from having sex, usually for religious reasons. Many religions emphasize the importance of chastity before marriage.

Chastity comes from the Latin word castus, meaning “morally pure,” and to some religious believers, chastity is closely related to a sense of purity and wholesomeness. Some religious figures, including Catholic nuns and priests, take a vow of chastity so they can focus their thoughts on their faith.

Definitions of chastity
  1. noun
    abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)
    synonyms: celibacy, sexual abstention
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    type of:
    abstinence
    act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
  2. noun
    morality with respect to sexual relations
    synonyms: sexual morality, virtue
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    types:
    honor, honour, pureness, purity
    a woman's virtue or chastity
    type of:
    morality
    concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
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