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in- +‎ chastity: compare French inchasteté.



inchastity (countable and uncountable, plural inchastities)

  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, 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, 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, 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.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for inchastity in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)