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Etymology[ edit ] The word virgin comes via Old French virgine from the root form of Latin virgogenitive virginis, meaning literally "maiden" or " virgin "  —a sexually intact young woman or "sexually inexperienced woman".
As in Latin, the English word is also often used with wider reference, by relaxing the age, gender or sexual criteria. In the latter usage, virgin means uninitiated. The Latin word likely arose by analogy with a suit of lexemes based on vireo, meaning "to be green, fresh or flourishing", mostly with botanic reference—in particular, virga meaning "strip of wood".
Most of the OED1 definitions, however, are similar. The German word for "virgin" is Jungfrau. Jungfrau literally means "young woman", but is not used in this sense, anymore.
Instead "junge Frau" can be used. Jungfrau is the word reserved specifically for sexual inexperience. As Frau means "woman", it suggests a female referent.
It is, however, dated and rarely used. The English cognate "maid" was often used to imply virginity, especially in poetry - e. Maid Marianthe love interest of the legendary outlaw Robin Hood in English folklore.
German is not the only language to have a specific name for male virginity; in French, male virgins are called " puceau ". Although typically applied to women, like English, it is also applied to men, in both cases specifically denoting absence of sexual experience.
When used of men, it does not carry a strong association of "never-married" status. This distinction is necessary due to there being no specific word for wife or husband in Greek. By extension from its primary sense, the idea that a virgin has a sexual "blank slate",  unchanged by any past intimate connection or experience,  can imply that the person is of unadulterated purity.
Concept[ edit ] The concept of virginity has significance only in a particular social, cultural and moral context. According to Hanne Blank"virginity reflects no known biological imperative and grants no demonstrable evolutionary advantage. They argue that no standardized medical definition of virginity exists, there is no scientifically verifiable proof of virginity loss, and sexual intercourse results in no change in personality.
A person may also have a virgin complex directed towards oneself. The traditional view is that virginity is only lost through vaginal penetration by the penis, consensual or non-consensual, and that acts of oral sexanal sexmutual masturbation or other forms of non-penetrative sex do not result in loss of virginity.Dear Adoptive Parents walking the hard, hellish, lonely road of trauma THIS POST IS FOR YOU.
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Virginity is the state of a person who has never engaged in sexual intercourse. There are cultural and religious traditions that place special value and significance on this state, predominantly towards unmarried females, associated with notions of personal purity, honor and worth.
Like chastity, the concept of virginity has traditionally involved sexual abstinence.