SYNONYMY NOTE: chaste, virtuous, in this connection, imply moral excellence manifested by forbearance from acts or
thoughts that do not accord with virginity or strict marital fidelity; , . pure implies chastity through innocence and an absence of seductive influences rather
than through self-restraint; , . modest, decent are both applied to propriety in behavior, dress, bearing, or speech as exhibiting
morality or purity
2. sexually abstinent; celibate
3. pure, decent, or modest in nature, behavior, etc.
4. restrained and simple in style; not ornate
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