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1. Possessing or exhibiting virtue. Specifically:

Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous; valiant; brave. Old Priam's son, amongst them all, was chiefly virtuous. (Chapman)

Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative; efficacious; potent. Lifting up his virtuous staff on high, He smote the sea, which calmed was with speed. (Spenser) Every virtuous plant and healing herb. (milton)

Having moral excellence; characterised by morality; upright; righteous; pure; as, a virtuous action. The virtuous mind that ever walks attended By a strong siding champion, conscience. (milton)

2. Chaste; pure; applied especially to women. Mistress Ford . . . The virtuous creature, that hath the jealous fool to her husband. (Shak) Virtuously, Virtuousness.

Origin: OE. Vertuous, OF. Vertuos, vertuous, F. Vertueux, fr. L. Virtuous. See Virtue, and cf. Virtuoso.