Definitions for: Virtuous


[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"
[adj] behaving according to standards of what is right or just; "led a virtuous (or moral) life"
[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
[adj] morally excellent



Webster (1913) Definition: Vir"tu*ous (?; 135), a. [OE. vertuous, OF. vertuos,
vertuous, F. vertueux, fr. L. Virtuous. See Virtue, and cf.
Virtuoso.]
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.
--Spenser.

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.

Synonyms: chaste, good, impeccable, impeccant, innocent, just, moral, pure, righteous, sinless, upright, vestal, virgin, virginal

Antonyms: wicked

See Also: pious

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