vir·tu·ous /ˈvɝʧəwəs, ˈvɚ/
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.
adj 1: 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 [syn: good,
2: morally excellent [ant: wicked]
3: behaving according to standards of what is right or just;
"led a virtuous (or moral) life"
4: 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" [syn: pure, vestal, virgin,