Vir"tu*ous (?; 135), a. [OE. vertuous, OF. vertuos, vertuous, F. vertueux, fr. L. Virtuous. See Virtue, and cf. Virtuoso.]
Possessing or exhibiting virtue.
Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous; valiant; brave.
Old Priam's son, amongst them all, was chiefly virtuous.
Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative; efficacious; potent.
Lifting up his virtuous staff on high,
He smote the sea, which calm'ed was with speed.
Every virtuous plant and healing herb.
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.
Chaste; pure; -- applied especially to women.
Mistress Ford . . . the virtuous creature, that hath the jealous fool to her husband.
-- Vir"tu*ous*ly, adv. -- Vir"tu*ous*ness, n.
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