celibate vs chaste : Common Errors in English

About celibate vs chaste

Believe it or not, you can be celibate without being chaste, and chaste withoutbeing celibate. A celibate person is merely unmarried, usually (but not always)because of a vow of celibacy. The traditional assumption is that such a personis not having sex with anyone, which leads many to confuse the word with“chaste,” denoting someone who does not have illicit sex. A woman could havewild sex twice a day with her lawful husband and technically still be chaste,though the word is more often used to imply a general abstemiousness from sexand sexuality. You can always amuse your readers by misspelling the latter wordas “chased.”

celibate Meaning(s)

  • (n) an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
  • (s) abstaining from sexual intercourse

chaste Meaning(s)

  • (a) morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)
  • (s) pure and simple in design or style
  • (s) abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse

celibate in News

  • Bruning resigns as pastor, admits to violating vow of celibacy

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. --- The Rev. William "Bill" Bruning, the founding pastor of Topeka's Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish, has resigned as pastor of Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe after admitting he had violated his vow of celibate chastity, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has announced.
    on June 19, 2013 Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal

chaste in News

  • ‘Reform’ hypocrite

    ‘Lord, make me chaste,” wrote Augustine of Hippo, “but not yet.” Sort of like Andrew of Albany, who wants to “reduce the influence of money in politics” — but not until after he’s safely re-elected. That is, not until after he spends down the $22-million-plus he already has squirreled away...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Post

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