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Definition of "virtuous" []

  • Having or showing virtue, especially moral excellence: led a virtuous life. (adjective)
  • Possessing or characterized by chastity; pure: a virtuous woman. See Synonyms at moral. (adjective)
  • Characterized by or possessing virtue or moral excellence; righteous; upright (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of women) chaste or virginal (adjective)

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Use "virtuous" in a sentence
  • "* The cardinal* (* 9*) * virtues* are the _hinge_-virtues, those on which the character _hinges_ or turns, those, the possession of all which, would constitute a virtuous character, while the absence of any one of them would justly forfeit for a man the epithet _virtuous_."
  • "Bünger uses the phrase "recursive decontenting" to describe what he called a virtuous cycle in automobile manufacturing: cutting mass, retaining power and increasing efficiency."
  • "I found the IMF chief's multiple usage of the word "virtuous" quite appropriate, if not targeted to tug at the hearts of the Chinese."