• IPA: /ɪnˈtʃæstɪti/


  1. (rare) Absence of chastity; the quality of being unchaste.
    • 2003, Gillian Cloke, This Female Man of God: Women and Spiritual Power in the Patristic Age, 350–450 AD, Routledge, ISBN 9781134868254, p. 66 ↗:
      In pre-Christian Roman belief it might be held as better not to indulge in extramarital sex, as a courtesy more than a due to one’s partner, or because character was believed to derive from having the strength to resist vice […] but, such rationalisations aside, male inchastity did not matter as such. Female inchastity could threaten bloodlines and property transfer, and so from the earliest times very much did matter: […] in fact, Chrysostom refutes in detail the legal position that only women’s inchastity signified in marriage, in a passage so full of reproach and repetition […] that we may infer that he too is meeting a dead weight of inertia, if not active opposition, from his hearers.
    • 2008, Eleanor Cashin-Ritaine, Laetitia Franck, Shaheeza Lalani (eds.), Legal Engineering and Comparative Law/L’ingénierie juridique et le droit comparé, Schulthess, ISBN 9783725557141, p. 199 ↗:
      The relevant Qur’anic verse (Ayât) is very similar to the English law on slander per se and the imputation of inchastity for women.
    • 2012, Tom MacFaul, Problem Fathers in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9781139789844, p. 207 ↗:
      Having found out about the wife’s inchastity, Geraldine does not need his father’s exhortations to stay away from Wincott’s house. […] He rebukes the wife for her inchastity – and she dies of shame, conveniently leaving a letter of confession.

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