One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having or showing high moral standards.‘she considered herself very virtuous because she neither drank nor smoked’
righteous, good, moral, morally correct, ethical, upright, upstanding, high-minded, right-minded, right-thinking, principled, exemplary, clean, law-abiding, lawful, irreproachable, blameless, guiltless, unimpeachable, just, honest, honourable, unbribable, incorruptible, anti-corruptionView synonyms
- ‘For one thing, the sanctimonious sermons by journalists about how virtuous and upstanding they are make them easy to detest.’
- ‘Another feature of ceremonial discourse is that it will praise the virtuous and the good because it is designed for its receiver's pleasure.’
- ‘Religions and true religious leaders have always motivated us to indulge only in noble thoughts and virtuous actions.’
- ‘I've seen Titanic enough times to know that rich people are fatuous and greedy, while poor people are noble and virtuous.’
- ‘The first few pages of the letter reflect the virtuous principles that a mother would try to inculcate into her daughter in the 18th century.’
- ‘He presented himself as an honest and virtuous man, a spokesman for the outsiders in society.’
- ‘Indeed, a parent who made his love conditional upon a child's maintaining some particular standard of virtuous behavior would be rightly regarded as something of a monster.’
- ‘I, for one, from reading the Book of Job and having knowledge about the Eightfold Path would know that I have done the right thing by being virtuous since it would aid me in achieving nirvana.’
- ‘Being virtuous means knowing the right time, place, circumstance, and manner in which to be courageous.’
- ‘These guidelines state that if physicians must be moral and virtuous, the associations representing them must exhibit the same qualities and be seen to be acting in an altruistic fashion.’
- ‘The consummation, the crowning glory of a well-lived life, happiness would be granted only to the worthy, the virtuous, the god-like happy few.’
- ‘Should applications of technology be socially virtuous by any standard?’
- ‘Virgos are virtuous, ethical and kind-hearted.’
- ‘The women's critique broke down views of virtue and vice that associated smoke with virtuous masculine industriousness and clean air with vicious feminized luxury.’
- ‘Many have thought that having certain emotions is an important part of what it is to be a virtuous moral agent.’
- ‘That's why part of the school's mission is to build ‘a diverse, virtuous and moral America,’ he said.’
- ‘Athlete behavior is meant to be exemplary and virtuous and sustain the rags to riches myths of successful sports stars from humble origins.’
- ‘It's hypocritical in the sense that these people all lie yet proclaim themselves virtuous and honest, yes.’
- ‘Understanding the way karma works, we seek to live a good and virtuous life through right thought, right speech and right action.’
- ‘He is a virtuous, moral man with dignity and strength, not the mild-mannered pushover of decades past.’
- 1.1archaic (especially of a woman) chaste.
virginal, virgin, chaste, maidenly, vestal, celibate, abstinentView synonyms
- ‘Both serials harked back to a period when men were heroic, women were virtuous and times were better.’
- ‘Faithful Emilia died, still calmly defending Desdemona's innocence and proclaiming her love for the virtuous woman.’
- ‘Arthurian quests in the name of chivalry, knight-errants fighting for the love and honor of a virtuous woman lose out in these Arthurian storylines to Arthur's subduing of countless lands.’
- ‘The price of a virtuous woman, says Proverbs, is more than that of rubies.’
- ‘Shakespeare places a high value upon chastity, but he does not go so far as some of his contemporaries who thought that virtuous women had no physical desires.’
Middle English: from Old French vertuous, from late Latin virtuosus, from virtus ‘virtue’.
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