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.]
Lifting up his virtuous staff on high,
He smote the sea, which calméd 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.
adv 1: in a moral manner; "he acted morally under the
circumstances" [syn: morally] [ant: immorally]
2: in a chaste and virtuous manner; "she lived chastely" [syn: