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[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.
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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
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Related Words for virtuously

equally, honorably, rightly, rightfully, reasonably, accurately, duly, properly, honestly, correctly, legally, equitably, legitimately, lawfully, decently, impartially, justly, quietly, simply, plainly

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Historical Examples of virtuously

  • She doesn't like me at all, though I've been virtuously nice to her.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • "I won't say I am sorry, because that would be a lie," said Sarah virtuously.


    Josephine Lawrence

  • "I like to do what's best for folks in the end," declared Mrs. Forbes virtuously.


    Clara Louise Burnham

  • "I have never harboured such an unworthy thought," he said virtuously.

  • "And Hoodie didn't usplain a bit, not one bit," said Duke virtuously.


    Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth

British Dictionary definitions for virtuously


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



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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