(?; 135), a. [OE. vertuous, OF. vertuos, vertuous, F. vertueux, fr. L. Virtuous. See Virtue, and cf. Virtuoso.] 1. Possessing or exhibiting virtue. Specifically: --
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(a) Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous; valiant; brave. [Obs.]
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Old Priam's son, amongst them all, was chiefly virtuous.
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(b) Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative; efficacious; potent. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Lifting up his virtuous staff on high,
He smote the sea, which calmd was with speed.
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Every virtuous plant and healing herb.
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(c) Having moral excellence; characterized by morality; upright; righteous; pure; as, a virtuous action.
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The virtuous mind that ever walks attended
By a strong siding champion, conscience.
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2. Chaste; pure; -- applied especially to women.
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Mistress Ford . . . the virtuous creature, that hath the jealous fool to her husband.
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-- Vir"tu*ous*ly, adv. -- Vir"tu*ous*ness, n.
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(?), } n. [Cf. F. virulence, L. virulentia an offensive odor, a stench.] 1. The quality or state of being virulent or venomous; poisonousness; malignancy.
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2. Extreme bitterness or malignity of disposition. "Refuted without satirical virulency." Barrow.
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The virulence of one declaimer, or the profundities and sublimities of the other.
I. Taylor.
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