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patron saint of virgins. [Christian Hagiog.: Brewer Dictionary, 16]
Indian maiden learns too late she can be released from her vow to remain a virgin. [Fr. Lit.: Atala]
goddess who had no love affairs and never married, called Parthenos, ‘the Virgin.’ [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 60]
Chrysanthus and Daria, Sts.
consecrated self to God, bridegroom followed suit. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 81–82]
sexless marriage for glory of God. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 86]
chastity makes her the object of attacks. [Am. Lit.: Sanctuary]
wherein grow the red roses of chastity. [Christian Symbolism: De Virginibus, Appleton, 41]
steadfastly retains virginity for future husband. [Br. Lit.: Bevis of Hampton]
foreign princess remains chaste despite Roman orgies. [Polish Lit.: Quo Vadis, Magill I, 797–799]
symbol of Blessed Virgin; by extension, chastity. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 57–58]
red and white roses, garland of
symbolic of virgin birth. [Art: Hall, 110]
emblem of virginity, esp. of the Virgin Mary. [Christian Iconog.: Jobes, 374]
Virgin Mary, Blessed
six pure girls; tended fire sacred to Vesta. [Rom. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1127]
mother of Jesus. [Christianity: NCE, 1709]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.