- the state or quality of being virile; manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity.
- the power of procreation.
Origin of virility
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Related Wordsvigor, manhood, potency, strength, manliness, power, machismo, macho, muscularity, maleness, ruggedness, forceful
Examples from the Web for virility
The reason, Foster argues, is that impotence implies a lack of virility, a lack of manliness.What the Sex Lives of the Founding Fathers Reveal About Us
February 21, 2014
Predictably then, if oddly too, this man's very existence had become a test of Indian virility.India’s Twisted Conscience on Terrorism
February 16, 2013
It is the cornea—the last redoubt of virility and independence.Found: Rand Paul's Secret Papers
June 21, 2010
None of this feared Republican virility is any more real than the charge that the GOP manufactured the Turfers.The GOP Freak Show
August 7, 2009
The virility of a country is worth more than the splendor of its monuments.Latin America and the United States
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.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
Word Origin and History for virility
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The quality or state of being virile.
- Masculine vigor; potency.
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