Pious vs Chaste - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between pious and chaste

is that pious is of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing while chaste is abstaining from sexual intercourse, celibate.

pious

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Of or pertaining to piety, exhibiting piety, devout, godfearing.
  • * 2014, (Paul Salopek), Blessed. Cursed. Claimed. , National Geographic (December 2014)[http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/12/pilgrim-roads/salopek-text]
  • Its male residents dress like crows: heavy black suits, black Borsalino hats, the old grandfathers hugely whiskered and the boys in peot, the curled sidelocks of the pious .

    Usage notes

    * Sometimes used pejoratively, in the sense of "mistaken" or "false" piety, as in "pious errors", "pious frauds".

    Synonyms

    * reverent, reverential, dutiful, religious, devout, godly

    Antonyms

    * (of or pertaining to piety) impious, independent, profane

    Derived terms

    * piously * piousness

    chaste

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • abstaining from sexual intercourse, celibate
  • virginal, innocent, having had no sexual experience
  • simple, austere, undecorative
  • a chaste style in composition or art
  • modest, decent, morally pure
  • a chaste''' mind; '''chaste eyes

    Usage notes

    * Married couples are often exhorted to have "chaste sex"--compare the Vatican encyclical Casti Connubii (Of Chaste Wedlock ).

    Derived terms

    * chastity

    See also

    * pure

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