virtuous

[ vur-choo-uh s ]
/ ˈvɜr tʃu əs /

adjective

conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life.
chaste: a virtuous young person.

Nearby words

  1. virtue signaling,
  2. virtues,
  3. virtuosa,
  4. virtuosity,
  5. virtuoso,
  6. virtuous circle,
  7. virtuously,
  8. virtute et armis,
  9. virucidal,
  10. virucide

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

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British Dictionary definitions for virtuously

virtuous

/ (ˈvɜːtʃʊəs) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for virtuously

virtuous

adj.

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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