chaste (adj.) early 13c., "virtuous, pure from unlawful sexual intercourse," from O.Fr. chaste (12c.) "morally pure," from L. castus "clean, pure, morally pure" (see CASTE (Cf. caste)). Transferred sense of "sexually pure" is first attested 1560s, probably by influence of CHASTITY (Cf. chastity).

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