• WordNet 3.6
    • adj virtuous in a state of sexual virginity "pure and vestal modesty","a spinster or virgin lady","men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal"
    • adj virtuous morally excellent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Virtuous Chaste; pure; -- applied especially to women. "Mistress Ford . . . the virtuous creature, that hath the jealous fool to her husband."
    • Virtuous Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous; valiant; brave.
    • Virtuous Having moral excellence; characterized by morality; upright; righteous; pure; as, a virtuous action.
    • Virtuous Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative; efficacious; potent.
    • Virtuous Possessing or exhibiting virtue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • virtuous Having or exhibiting manly strength and courage; valorous; brave; gallant.
    • virtuous Possessed of or exhibiting virtue; morally good; acting in conformity with right; discharging moral duties and obligations, and abstaining from immoral practices: as, a virtuous man.
    • virtuous Being in conformity to the moral or divine law: as, a virtuous deed; a virtuous life.
    • virtuous Chaste; pure; modest.
    • virtuous Efficacious by inherent qualities; having singular or eminent properties or powers; potent; effective.
    • virtuous = Syn. 2 and 3. Upright, exemplary, worthy, righteous. See morality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Virtuous having virtue or moral goodness: blameless: righteous: practising duty: being according to the moral law: chaste (of a woman)
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  • Dhammapada
    “Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.”
  • Ben Jonson
    “When a virtuous man is raised, it brings gladness to his friends, grief to his enemies, and glory to his posterity.”
  • Plato
    “Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.”
  • Lady R. Russell
    Lady R. Russell
    “Live virtuously, and you cannot not die too soon, or live too long.”
  • William Congreve
    “Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, and though a late, a sure reward succeeds.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vertuous, OF. vertuos, vertuous, F. vertueux, fr. L. Virtuous,. See Virtue, and cf. Virtuoso
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. virtus, bravery, moral excellence—vir, a man; cf. Gr. hērōs, Sans. vira, a hero.


In literature:

But is it true that this dogma renders men wiser and more virtuous?
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
You may be sure also that whatever I may do that is honourable and virtuous, will be done solely for love of you.
"The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. II. (of V.)" by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
She therefore spent a great part of her life un-wedded, living very virtuously in her brother's house.
"The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. IV. (of V.)" by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
He had married a virtuous wife and a thrifty, with beauty enough to content him.
"The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. V. (of V.)" by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
He died without having seen either of them triumphant, but he died virtuous and popular.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
It includes an ardent longing for a virtuous Christian life.
"The Excellence of the Rosary" by M. J. Frings
It is not shameful not to be as virtuous as he, and it seems excusable to be no more vicious.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
The most virtuous souls are not always exempt from this.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
A virtuous intention may produce it; but surely it is always erroneous and pernicious.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The head of a nation condemned a virtuous man, a useful citizen.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
They must not compromise even with an apparent virtuous sentiment; it must be real.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
He is a virtuous and exemplary youth, and serves punctually in the cathedral.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXV, 1635-36" by Various
As the echo of the firm, strong footstep died away, a virtuous indignation possessed the broad visage of the divine.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
Impelled by that homage which virtuous emulation ever pays to acknowledged worth, Sedley knelt by the side of Isabel.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The queen is as generous as she is virtuous!
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Now my lord and warlike brothers, from their hateful bondage freed, Seek their fortune by their prowess and by brave and virtuous deed!
"Maha-bharata" by Anonymous
All philosophers, and among them the virtuous Epictetus, were banished from Rome.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Among Frenchmen, the mind instinctively recurs to the wise and virtuous Turgot.
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
I forgot, at that time, that to be ingenuous it was necessary to be virtuous.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Now, Madame Samoris, who was born a courtesan, had a daughter born a virtuous woman, that's all.
"The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893

In poetry:

Come, ye happy virtuous few,
Open is my bower to you;
You, these mossy banks may press;
You, each guardian Fay shall bless.
"Inscription In A Beautiful Retreat Called Fairy Bower" by Hannah More
Ay, we remember His sacred ark
And the virtuous men that knelt
To the dark and the hush behind the dark
Wherein we dreamed He dwelt;
"Rimmon" by Rudyard Kipling
O Woman, much to thee is given—
Thy mission comes direct from heaven;
The priceless gems of human life—
A careful mother, virtuous wife.
"Woman" by Janet Hamilton
CYPRIAN. Little,
Now that I have heard her name,
Seem the praises you have given her;
She is virtuous as she's noble.
Instantly I'll pay my visit.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
No, no ! She meant that angel-smile
To sweetly soothe, and chastely bless ;
She meant that eye-beam's witching wile
To shine with virtuous tenderness.
"At The Sight Of A Beautiful But Frail One" by Laura Sophia Temple
As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls, to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
"The breath goes now," and some say, "No:"
"A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning" by John Donne

In news:

A fast, virtuous dip to serve for company.
The ' Virtuous Cycle' Of Engagement and Productivity.
The ' Virtuous Cycle' of Engagement and Productivity.
Rejuvenated Oden living virtuous life.
"a virtuous pain to read".
The Virtuous Cycle Is Finally Kicking In.
'Hunger Games' spurs teens to live virtuously .
There was another side to Wilson that was not so virtuous.
In the Catholic Religion saints are followers of Jesus that are known for their virtuous works and dedicating their lives to Jesus.
Same-sex marriage brings more citizens into a virtuous circle .
France's Hollande: Virtuous Countries Should Exclude Investment From Deficit Count .
Letters portray Sanduskys as virtuous victims of vast conspiracy.
Humility isn't critical for moral reasons, although humility is a virtue, and we would like our politicians to be more virtuous.
Chefs are creating virtuous new kinds of hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza using artisanal methods and all-natural ingredients.
Move to Cuba, then tell me how virtuous socialism is.