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virility

[vuh-ril-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the state or quality of being virile; manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity.
  2. the power of procreation.
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Origin of virility

1580–90; < Latin virīlitās, equivalent to virīli(s) virile + -tās -ty2
Related formsnon·vi·ril·i·ty, nounul·tra·vi·ril·i·ty, noun
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Related Words for virility

vigor, manhood, potency, strength, manliness, power, machismo, macho, muscularity, maleness, ruggedness, forceful

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Word Origin and History for virility

n.

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

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virility in Medicine

virility

(və-rĭlĭ-tē)
n.
  1. The quality or state of being virile.
  2. Masculine vigor; potency.
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