1. morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)
; - Example: "a holy woman innocent and chaste"
2. pure and simple in design or style
; - Example: "a chaste border of conventionalized flowers"
3. abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Chaste \Chaste\ (ch[=a]st), a. [F. chaste, from L. castus pure,
chaste; cf. Gr. kaqaro`s pure, Skr. [,c]udh to purify.]
1. Pure from unlawful sexual intercourse; virtuous;
continent. "As chaste as Diana." --Shak.
Whose bed is undefiled and chaste pronounced.
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;
Chaste tree. Same as Agnus castus.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual
intercourse); "a holy woman innocent and chaste" [ant:
2: pure and simple in design or style; "a chaste border of
3: abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
173 Moby Thesaurus words for "chaste":
Apostolic, Attic, Ciceronian, Encratic, Lenten, Pythagorean,
Rechabite, Shaker, Spartan, Stoic, abase, absolute, abstemious,
abstinent, aesthetic, afflict, artistic, ascetic, austere, bare,
basic, becoming, beyond all praise, blotless, castigate, celibate,
chasten, chastise, choice, classic, classical, clean, cleanly,
clear, common, commonplace, continent, correct, decent, decorous,
defectless, direct, discipline, easy, elegant, elementary,
essential, ethical, everyday, excellent, faultless, finished,
flawless, fruitarian, fundamental, garden, garden-variety, good,
graceful, gracile, guiltless, homely, homespun, homogeneous,
household, humble, humiliate, ideal, immaculate, impeccable,
in good taste, indefectible, indefective, indivisible, infallible,
innocent, irreducible, irreproachable, just right, limpid, lucid,
maidenly, matter-of-fact, mere, modest, monolithic, moral, natural,
neat, nephalistic, nondescript, of a piece, of choice, of quality,
on the wagon, ordinary, peerless, pellucid, perfect, perspicuous,
plain, pleasing, polished, primal, primary, proper, prosaic, prosy,
pure, pure and simple, pure in heart, purehearted, quiet, refined,
restrained, righteous, round, seemly, severe, sexually abstinent,
sexually innocent, simon-pure, simple, single, sinless, snowy,
spare, spotless, stainless, stark, straightforward, subdued,
sworn off, taintless, tasteful, teetotal, terse, trim, try,
unadorned, unadulterated, unaffected, unblemished, unblotted,
uncluttered, uncontaminated, uncorrupt, undecorated, undefiled,
understated, undifferenced, undifferentiated, unembellished,
unfaultable, uniform, unlabored, unmixed, unobtrusive, unsoiled,
unspotted, unstained, unsullied, untainted, untarnished,
vegetarian, virgin, virginal, virtuous, well-chosen, white,
wholesome, workaday, workday