1. [syn: virtue, virtuousness, moral excellence]
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):
n 1: the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is
wrong [syn: virtue, virtuousness, moral excellence]