vestal virgin


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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vestal virgin (Roman mythology) one of the virgin priestesses consecrated to the Roman goddess Vesta and to maintaining the sacred fire in her temple
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In literature:

Besides, Arras without the Hearts would be like the Altar of the Vestal Virgins without the ever-burning lamp.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
In such cases these women were made Vestal Virgins in the temples.
"Palmistry for All" by Cheiro
Thus Julius Caesar is said to have intrusted his testament to the oldest of the vestal virgins.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
And she her vestal virgin priests doth follow.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Rome had fourteen of these officers, besides one for the vestal virgins, and one for the gymnasia.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
Thereupon Praboe sent for a large bird and four vestal virgins to defend him against the evil spirit.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold
Vestal virgins were not supposed to have children, yet they could and often did marry.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Her clothes were no better than theirs but she stood out among them like a vestal virgin.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
In a room on the first floor is a half figure of a vestal virgin who has a noble expression on her face.
"Harper's Round Table, May 28, 1895" by Various
Troops committing outrages in a city are accused virgines vestales incestasse.
"View of the State of Europe during the Middle Ages, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Henry Hallam
Clothed in mockery in the white robe of a vestal virgin, yet she was a chaste virgin of Jesus Christ.
"The Mother of St. Nicholas" by Grant Balfour
He was standing in the wings in Roman citizen's clothes, trying to flirt with the vestal virgins.
"Harvard Stories" by Waldron Kintzing Post
His daughter, who was a Vestal Virgin, ascended the triumphal car, and took her place by her father's side.
"The Student's Mythology" by Catherine Ann White
But we must do the oysters and the odd jobs, and keep the hearth-fires going, like responsible vestal virgins.
"Atlantic Classics" by Various
Among all the kisses she had given and taken there still remained this first kiss, still vestal and virgin.
"What Will People Say?" by Rupert Hughes
I don't expect she is exactly a vestal virgin, though I have never heard anything against her.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. IV (of VI), "Adventures In The South" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Vestal virgins and nuns are all consecrated like the kadeshim to the god, and the god is personified by the priest.
"Bible Studies" by Joseph M. Wheeler
Six Vestals, immaculate in their virginity, guarded the Roman sacred fire, and presided at the national hearthstone of the Roman race.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. II (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler
In fact, we find here the prototype of the Roman Vestal Virgins.
"The Oera Linda Book" by Anonymous
You are the vestal virgins to watch the fires on the altar of the fine arts.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. III, No. XVII, October 1851" by Various

In poetry:

Many such as me there are,
Vestals of the virgin billow;
Neither envy nor despair,
Man us on our sedgy pillow
"The Mermaid" by William Crafts
Thou first-born of the year's delight,
Pride of the dewy glade,
In vernal green and virgin white,
Thy vestal robes, arrayed:
"Tuesday In Easter Week" by John Keble
Virgin of the vestal flame,
Numa's child so chaste and fair,
Ah! Floronia is thy name!
Goddess of the raven hair;
Weepest thou o'er love denied?
Thou canst ne'er become a bride.
"The Vestal Virgin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
Where the shadows moan o'er the day's life done,
And the darkness is waiting for the light,
Ah, me! how the shadows ever seek and shun
The sacred, radiant faces of the bright --
(And the stars are the vestal virgins of the night);
"Sea Reverie" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

When we last saw Greta Gerwig, she was negotiating the shoals of Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, in the role of a sort of unapproachable Vestal Virgin of political correctness at an Eastern university.