conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life.
chaste: a virtuous young person.
Origin of virtuous
1300–50;Related formsvir·tu·ous·ly, adverbvir·tu·ous·ness, nounnon·vir·tu·ous, adjectivenon·vir·tu·ous·ly, adverbnon·vir·tu·ous·ness, nounqua·si-vir·tu·ous, adjectivequa·si-vir·tu·ous·ly, adverbun·vir·tu·ous, adjectiveun·vir·tu·ous·ly, adverbun·vir·tu·ous·ness, noun
alteration (with i
) of Middle English vertuous
< Late Latin virtuōsus,
equivalent to Latin virtu(s
+ -ōsus -ous
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Related Words for unvirtuousnaughty
Examples from the Web for unvirtuous
Historical Examples of unvirtuous
But I can promise you, I said, that every unvirtuous person will want to learn.
There are limitations to the endurance of an unvirtuous man.
Italy is also unvirtuous, yet her voice is full of bird-like melody, and her face is a dream of perfect poetry!
France is unvirtuous enough, God knows, yet there is a sunshiny smile on her lips that cheers the heart.
It was something, at least, that the plastic and not unvirtuous nature of the young man was directed towards a definite object.
British Dictionary definitions for unvirtuous
Derived Formsvirtuously, adverbvirtuousness, noun
characterized by or possessing virtue or moral excellence; righteous; upright
(of women) chaste or virginal
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Word Origin and History for unvirtuous
late 14c., "chaste" (of women), from virtue + -ous. Earlier it was used in a sense of "valiant, valorous, manly" (c.1300).
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