- conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life.
- chaste: a virtuous young person.
Origin of virtuous
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Examples from the Web for virtuous
In other words, the free speech exhibited by the folks at Charlie Hebdo was not virtuous—until there was a body count.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
A May 2014 Slate article by Sam Kean details the tragic changes he suffered “from a virtuous foreman to a sociopathic drifter.”Understanding Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury
November 20, 2014
Some look at the Aspen museum and wonder whether Ban will be able to continue creating his humanitarian “virtuous” architecture.Shigeru Ban: Triumph From Disaster
August 31, 2014
At times it can seem too proud of its virtuous noncommerciality; its slowness can seem shallow, its artiness willful.‘The Leftovers’ Review: A Fever Dream You Can’t Wake Up From
June 29, 2014
Halt and Catch Fire seems like it could be that sort of series: virtuous but minor.‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and AMC’s Push to Reset Dramas
May 30, 2014
The virtuous Melissa parted from them with many blessings and tears.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It is composed of a brave, a free, a virtuous, and an intelligent people.
All we are told about her is, that her name was Agatha, and that she was learned and virtuous.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
That this should be so in the case of his virtuous and legal connection he was perfectly certain.The Secret Agent
From which virtuous and venomous opinion the undersigned begs to differ.
- characterized by or possessing virtue or moral excellence; righteous; upright
- (of women) chaste or virginal
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Word Origin and History for virtuous
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