conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life.
chaste: a virtuous young person.
Origin of virtuous
1300–50;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
alteration (with i
) of Middle English vertuous
< Late Latin virtuōsus,
equivalent to Latin virtu(s
+ -ōsus -ous
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Related Words for virtuouslyequally
Examples from the Web for virtuously
Historical Examples of virtuously
She doesn't like me at all, though I've been virtuously nice to her.
"I won't say I am sorry, because that would be a lie," said Sarah virtuously.
"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
Derived Formsvirtuously, adverbvirtuousness, noun
characterized by or possessing virtue or moral excellence; righteous; upright
(of women) chaste or virginal
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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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