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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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Examples from the Web for virtuousness

Historical Examples

  • The identification of happiness with virtue, however, necessitates the distinction between active virtue and virtuousness.

    The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII.


  • Virtuousness is a quality of the soul or of action; in the latter sense it is the essence of virtuous action.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms

    James Champlin Fernald

  • What is thy opinion as to the virtuousness or otherwise of this state of things?

  • In short, a thorough belief in her own virtuousness and superior excellence was the key-note of her character.

British Dictionary definitions for virtuousness


  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 virtuousness



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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