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virginity

[ver-jin-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the state or condition of being a virgin.
  2. the state or condition of being pure, fresh, or unused.
  3. Informal. any naive, uninitiated, or uninformed state.
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Origin of virginity

1250–1300; Middle English virginite < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin virginitās. See virgin, -ity
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  • She was virginity personified with all its redoubtable mystery.

  • "The earth is filled with marriage and the heavens with virginity," says Jeremiah.

  • There was a virginity about her that extended beyond her body.

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  • Not the virginity that spells a piquant preface to sensualism.

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  • She had learned the trick of exciting men with her virginity.

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British Dictionary definitions for virginity

virginity

noun
  1. the condition or fact of being a virgin; maidenhood; chastity
  2. the condition of being untouched, unsullied, etc
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Word Origin and History for virginity

n.

c.1300, from Old French virginite, from Latin virginitatem (nominative virginitas), from virgo (see virgin).

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virginity in Medicine

virginity

(vər-jĭnĭ-tē)
n.
  1. The quality or condition of being a virgin.
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