Chastity


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Chastity

Agnes, St.
virgin saint and martyr. [Christian Hagiog.: Brewster, 76]
Artemis
(Rom. Diana) moon goddess; virgin huntress. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 36]
Bona Dea
goddess; so chaste no one but husband sees her after marriage. [Rom. Myth.: Zimmerman, 43]
Britomart
embodiment of purity. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Claudia
proves innocence by rescuing goddess’ ship. [Rom. Myth.: Hall, 70]
Cunegunda
proves innocence by walking unharmed on hot ploughshares. [Christian Hagiog.: Hall, 86]
Gawain, Sir
remained chaste despite the temptations offered him each night by his hostess. [Br. Lit.: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in Benét, 934]
Joseph
resisted the advances of Potiphar’s wife. [O.T.: Gen. 39]
lapis lazuli
emblem of sexual purity. [Gem Symbolism: Kunz, 370]
mirror of Alasnam
by clearness or opacity shows woman’s purity. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “The Tale of Zayn Alasnam” ]
orange blossoms
symbolic of chastity when used in wedding ceremonies. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
phoenix
in Middle Ages, attribute of chastity personified. [Art: Hall, 246]
sapphire
emblem of sexual purity. [Gem Symbolism: Kunz, 370]
tortoise
symbol of sexual purity. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 21]
unicorn
capturable only by virgins; thus, a test of chastity. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 105]
Venus Verticordia
Venus invoked to make women pure once more. [Rom. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1126]
References in classic literature ?
To whom chastity is difficult, it is to be dissuaded: lest it become the road to hell--to filth and lust of soul.
They laugh also at chastity, and ask: "What is chastity?
The chastity of the idea, and the natural appearance of the little finger, hammer, and pulpit, have been much admired.
It was observed of this lady that while she was inflexible and grim to all her female flock, she was particularly so to those who could establish any claim to beauty: and it was often remarked as a proof of her indomitable virtue and severe chastity, that to such as had been frail she showed no mercy; always falling upon them on the slightest occasion, or on no occasion at all, with the fullest measure of her wrath.
Setting aside the general question of chastity and feminine modesty as useless in themselves and indeed prejudices, I fully accept her chastity with me, because that's for her to decide.
Chastity Bono, 40, the only daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, said she has already started the long process of changing from a she to a he.
The "find me if you can' range has been described as a modern-day, hi-tech chastity belt.
Historians and scholars of literature and music, all but one American, take chastity as a lens into basic historical problems, mostly relating to the Middle Ages.
When the chastity movement got underway a decade or so later, we young parents were more than ready for an alternative to the Planned Parenthood "if it feels good, do it--just use a condom" style of sexuality education.
SINGER Cher and her lesbian daughter Chastity Bono are to co-host a new reality television show aimed at helping people to come out of the closet, according to reports in the US.
GORGEOUS Emmerdale star Lucy Pargeter shows why she's chest perfect in her TV role as saucy Chastity Dingle.
Gay man Raymond Bagnuolo was ordained November 13 by South Presbyterian Church, even though he said he would not abide by a church law requiring ministers to practice chastity if single.