from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or state of being virile; manly character.
- n. Masculine vigor; potency.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being virile
- n. Manly character
- n. The ability to procreate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being virile; developed manhood; manliness; specif., the power of procreation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Manhood; the state of one of the male sex who has arrived at the maturity and strength of a man, and acquired the power of procreation.
- n. The power of procreation.
- n. Character or conduct of man, or befitting a man; masculine action or aspect; hence, strength; vigor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreation
- n. the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male
Though none of these experts agreed openly with Horkheimer's assertion that Monty's excessive masculinity indicated repressed homosexuality, their obsession with "virility" is very suggestive.
I think virility is the last thing this guy needs ..
Guns are to some people an expression of virility ...
His virility was a potent force that left her weak.
Man possesses few powers which are more highly prized than those of virility, which is the very essence of manhood.
Compared with some of its predecessors, the play shows a decided growth in what may be termed virility of mind: a wider scope, a higher reach,
Compared with some of its predecessors, the play shows a decided growth in what may be termed virility of mind: a wider scope, a higher reach, a firmer grasp, have been attained: the Poet has come to read
Perhaps your virility is a threat to me since my erections are not as firm as when I was twenty-five?
The potential homosexuality that they perceived in Samuels and Mitchell stands in sharp contrast to the "virility" they perceived in Monty.
We refuse to admit such quaint things as "virility" as something inherently attractive because we've convinced ourselves that no one should connect sex to reproduction or reproduction to essential power.
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