Virtuous

  • 1 Virtuous — 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: [1913 Webster] (a) Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 virtuous — index blameless, clean, conscientious, ethical, evenhanded, high minded, incorruptible, inculpable, innocen …

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  • 3 virtuous — (adj.) late 14c., chaste (of women), from VIRTUE (Cf. virtue) + OUS (Cf. ous). Earlier it was used in a sense of valiant, valorous, manly (c.1300) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 virtuous — *moral, ethical, righteous, noble Analogous words: pure, *chaste, modest, decent: *upright, just, honorable Antonyms: vicious …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 virtuous — [adj] good, ethical; innocent blameless, celibate, chaste, clean living, effective, effectual, efficient, excellent, exemplary, faithful, guiltless, high principled, honest, honorable, incorruptible, inculpable, in the clear*, irreprehensible,… …

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  • 6 virtuous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having or showing high moral standards. 2) archaic chaste. DERIVATIVES virtuously adverb virtuousness noun …

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  • 7 virtuous — [vʉr′cho͞o əs] adj. [ME vertuous < OFr vertuos < LL virtuosus < L virtus, worth, VIRTUE] 1. having, or characterized by, moral virtue; righteous 2. chaste: said of a woman 3. Archaic having potency; efficacious SYN. CHASTE, MORAL… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 virtuous — [[t]vɜ͟ː(r)tʃuəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A virtuous person behaves in a moral and correct way. Louis was shown as an intelligent, courageous and virtuous family man. Syn: good 2) ADJ GRADED If you describe someone as virtuous, you mean that they have… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 virtuous — virtuously, adv. virtuousness, n. /verr chooh euhs/, adj. 1. conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life. 2. chaste: a virtuous young person. [1300 50; alter. (with i < L) of ME vertuous < AF < LL… …

    Universalium

  • 10 virtuous — vir|tu|ous [ˈvə:tʃuəs US ˈvə:r ] adj 1.) formal behaving in a very honest and moral way ≠ ↑wicked ▪ a virtuous man ▪ Natalie considered herself very virtuous because she neither drank nor smoked. 2.) old use not willing to have sex, at least… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 virtuous — vir|tu|ous [ vɜrtʃuəs ] adjective behaving or done in a way that is morally good and right: She always tried to lead a virtuous life. a. used in a negative way for describing someone who thinks they are morally better than other people: Sam s… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 virtuous — adjective 1 formal behaving in a very honest and moral way: Thomas Dunlop was a virtuous man and a leader in the community. 2 too satisfied with your own good behaviour and showing this in a way that annoys other people: She threw up her hands in …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 virtuous — UK [ˈvɜː(r)tʃʊəs] / US [ˈvɜrtʃuəs] adjective a) behaving or done in a way that is morally good and right She always tried to lead a virtuous life. b) used in a negative way for describing someone who thinks they are morally better than other… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 virtuous — adjective Date: 14th century 1. potent, efficacious 2. a. having or exhibiting virtue b. morally excellent ; righteous < a virtuous decision > 3. chaste Synonyms: see moral • virtuously …

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  • 15 virtuous — adj. Virtuous is used with these nouns: ↑cycle …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 virtuous — adjective they were entirely virtuous in their endeavors Syn: righteous, good, pure, whiter than white, saintly, angelic, moral, ethical, upright, upstanding, high minded, principled, exemplary; law abiding, irreproachable, blameless, guiltless,… …

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  • 17 virtuous — vir•tu•ous [[t]ˈvɜr tʃu əs[/t]] adj. 1) pho conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright 2) chaste: a virtuous young person[/ex] • Etymology: 1300–50; vertuous < AF < LL virtuōsus= L virtu(s) virtue+ ōsus ous… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 virtuous — adj. 1 possessing or showing moral rectitude. 2 chaste. Phrases and idioms: virtuous circle a beneficial recurring cycle of cause and effect (cf. vicious circle (see CIRCLE n. 11)). Derivatives: virtuously adv. virtuousness n. Etymology: ME f. OF …

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  • 19 virtuous — adjective full of virtue, having excellent moral character Syn: good, righteous See Also: virtual, virtue, virtuosity …

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  • 20 virtuous — Synonyms and related words: Christian, advantageous, angelic, auspicious, beneficial, benevolent, blameless, blotless, bon, bonny, braw, bueno, capital, chaste, clean, cleanly, cogent, commendable, creditable, decent, effectual, efficacious,… …

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