[vur-choo-uh s]
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  1. conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life.
  2. chaste: a virtuous young person.

Origin of virtuous

1300–50; alteration (with i < Latin) of Middle English vertuous < Anglo-French < Late Latin virtuōsus, equivalent to Latin virtu(s) virtue + -ōsus -ous
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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.

    Painted Veils

    James Huneker

  • Italy is also unvirtuous, yet her voice is full of bird-like melody, and her face is a dream of perfect poetry!


    Marie Corelli

  • France is unvirtuous enough, God knows, yet there is a sunshiny smile on her lips that cheers the heart.


    Marie Corelli

  • 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


  1. characterized by or possessing virtue or moral excellence; righteous; upright
  2. (of women) chaste or virginal
Derived Formsvirtuously, adverbvirtuousness, noun
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper