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virility

[vuh-ril-i-tee] /vəˈrɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being virile; manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity.
2.
the power of procreation.
Origin of virility
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin virīlitās, equivalent to virīli(s) virile + -tās -ty2
Related forms
nonvirility, noun
ultravirility, noun
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Examples from the Web for virility
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  • The virility of a country is worth more than the splendor of its monuments.

  • A man who has been through hell does not boast of his virility.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • That all this virility and nubility and glamor is pure coincidence?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • And on his own merits the virility and good looks of him drew her admiration.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • The standard of virility is unquestionably an individual problem.

  • He wins her by his virility, but cannot retain her by his perception.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Word Origin and History for virility
n.

"period of manhood," 1580s; see virile + -ity. Meaning "manly strength" is recorded from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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virility in Medicine

virility vi·ril·i·ty (və-rĭl'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. The quality or state of being virile.

  2. Masculine vigor; potency.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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