Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having or showing virtue, especially moral excellence: synonym: moral.
  • adjective Archaic Chaste.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having or exhibiting manly strength and courage; valorous; brave; gallant.
  • Possessed of or exhibiting virtue; morally good; acting in conformity with right; discharging moral duties and obligations, and abstaining from immoral practices: as, a virtuous man.
  • Being in conformity to the moral or divine law: as, a virtuous deed; a virtuous life.
  • Chaste; pure; modest.
  • Efficacious by inherent qualities; having singular or eminent properties or powers; potent; effective.
  • = Syn. 2 and 3. Upright, exemplary, worthy, righteous. See morality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Possessing or exhibiting virtue.
  • adjective obsolete Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous; valiant; brave.
  • adjective obsolete Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative; efficacious; potent.
  • adjective Having moral excellence; characterized by morality; upright; righteous; pure.
  • adjective Chaste; pure; -- applied especially to women.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Full of virtue, having excellent moral character.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective morally excellent
  • adjective in a state of sexual virginity

Etymologies

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From Middle English, Anglo Norman, ultimately from Late Latin virtuōsus, from Latin virtūs.

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