2. [syn: pure, vestal, virgin, virginal, virtuous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Virtuous \Vir"tu*ous\ (?; 135), a. [OE. vertuous, OF. vertuos,
vertuous, F. vertueux, fr. L. Virtuous. See Virtue, and cf.
1. Possessing or exhibiting virtue. Specifically:
(a) Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous;
valiant; brave. [Obs.]
Old Priam's son, amongst them all, was chiefly
(b) Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative;
efficacious; potent. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Lifting up his virtuous staff on high,
He smote the sea, which calm['e]d was with
Every virtuous plant and healing herb. --Milton.
(c) Having moral excellence; characterized by morality;
upright; righteous; pure; as, a virtuous action.
The virtuous mind that ever walks attended
By a strong siding champion, conscience.
2. Chaste; pure; -- applied especially to women.
Mistress Ford . . . the virtuous creature, that hath
the jealous fool to her husband. --Shak.
[1913 Webster] -- Vir"tu*ous*ly, adv. --
[1913 Webster] Virulence
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: morally excellent [ant: wicked]
2: 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" [syn: pure, vestal, virgin,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
130 Moby Thesaurus words for "virtuous":
Christian, advantageous, angelic, auspicious, beneficial,
benevolent, blameless, blotless, bon, bonny, braw, bueno, capital,
chaste, clean, cleanly, cogent, commendable, creditable, decent,
effectual, efficacious, efficient, elegant, erect, estimable,
ethical, excellent, exemplary, expedient, fair, fair-minded,
faithful, famous, faultless, favorable, fine, full of integrity,
godly, good, goodly, grand, guiltless, healthy, helpful,
high-minded, high-principled, highly respectable, honest,
honorable, immaculate, in the clear, incorruptible, inculpable,
innocent, inviolate, irreproachable, just, kind, laudable,
law-abiding, law-loving, law-revering, manly, moral, moralistic,
nice, noble, pleasant, principled, profitable, proper, pure,
pure in heart, purehearted, regal, reputable, respectable, right,
right-minded, righteous, royal, saintlike, saintly, scrupulous,
seraphic, sexually innocent, sinless, skillful, snowy, sound,
splendid, spotless, stainless, sterling, straight, taintless, true,
true-dealing, true-devoted, true-disposing, true-souled,
true-spirited, truehearted, trustworthy, unblamable, unblemished,
unblotted, uncorrupt, uncorrupted, undefiled, unimpeachable,
unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, untainted, untarnished,
upright, uprighteous, upstanding, useful, valid, very good, virgin,
virginal, white, without reproach, worthy, yeomanly