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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 ?
At first he was tempted to chastise Numa; but, as the ape-man seldom permitted his temper to guide him in any direction not countenanced by reason, he quickly abandoned the idea.
Ready to chastise insolence, sir," cried Alleyne with hashing eyes.
What was it that made me burn all over with a wish to chastise him severely for cutting away from his best friends, his pastors and masters?
She threatened to call Mumga to chastise them with a stick--Mumga, who was so old that she could no longer climb and so toothless that she was forced to confine her diet almost exclusively to bananas and grub-worms.
The small prepostors dash in every now and then, and generally chastise some quiet, timid boy who is equally afraid of acorns and canes, while the principal performers get dexterously out of the way.
The conscience of the woman was troubled; she began to think that the deaths of her favourites was a judgement from heaven to chastise her partiality.
He spoke of their successes in the hunts and on the war-path; of the manner in which they had always known how to defend their rights and to chastise their enemies.
Of course, they might have a thrashing sometimes for letting their fancy run away with them and to teach them their place, but no more; in fact, even this isn't necessary as they castigate themselves, for they are very conscientious: some perform this service for one another and others chastise themselves with their own hands.
Yes, Adeimantus, they are stories not to be repeated in our State; the young man should not be told that in committing the worst of crimes he is far from doing anything outrageous; and that even if he chastises his father when does wrong, in whatever manner, he will only be following the example of the first and greatest among the gods.
But have you ever wondered what became of the brave pilots of 617 Squadron after Operation Chastise, the famous May 1943 raids on the Ruhr and Eder valleys?