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Meaning of VIRTUOUS

Pronunciation:  'vurchoous

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  in a state of sexual virginity; "pure and vestal modesty"; "a spinster or virgin lady"; "men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal"
  2. [adj]  behaving according to standards of what is right or just; "led a virtuous (or moral) life"
  3. [adj]  of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man"; "the life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous"- Frederick Douglass
  4. [adj]  morally excellent

VIRTUOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: chaste, good, impeccable, impeccant, innocent, just, moral, pure, righteous, sinless, upright, vestal, virgin, virginal
 Antonyms: wicked
 See Also: pious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vir"tu*ous\ (?; 135), a. [OE. vertuous, OF. vertuos,
vertuous, F. vertueux, fr. L. Virtuous. See {Virtue}, and cf.
1. Possessing or exhibiting virtue. Specifically:
   (a) Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous;
       valiant; brave. [Obs.]

             Old Priam's son, amongst them all, was chiefly
             virtuous.                         --Chapman.
   (b) Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative;
       efficacious; potent. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

             Lifting up his virtuous staff on high, He smote
             the sea, which calm['e]d was with speed.

             Every virtuous plant and healing herb. --Milton.
   (c) Having moral excellence; characterized by morality;
       upright; righteous; pure; as, a virtuous action.

             The virtuous mind that ever walks attended By a
             strong siding champion, conscience. --Milton.

2. Chaste; pure; -- applied especially to women.

         Mistress Ford . . . the virtuous creature, that hath
         the jealous fool to her husband.      --Shak.
   -- {Vir"tu*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Vir"tu*ous*ness}, n.