Share this entry

virility Line breaks: vir¦il|ity
Pronunciation: /vɪˈrɪlɪti/

Definition of virility in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(In a man) the quality of having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive; manliness: great importance is placed on a man’s virility
More example sentences
  • Throughout history, and across every culture and civilisation, male virility and fertility have always been venerated.
  • His fame has been based on a physical voice and sexual virility, both affected by age.
  • These writers were suspicious of the enervating effects of modernity, and contrasted Australian virility with the dulled manhood of Europe.
Synonyms
manliness, masculinity, maleness, manfulness, manhood, machismo, gallantry, chivalry, valour, valiance, fearlessness, bravery, intrepidity, stout-heartedness, lionheartedness, boldness, daring, heroism, mettle, spirit;
strength, vigour, toughness, robustness, powerful build, muscularity, muscle, brawniness, sturdiness, ruggedness, heftiness, huskiness;
red-bloodedness, sexual potency, potency, sexuality, fertility, fecundity

Words that rhyme with virility

ability, agility, civility, debility, docility, edibility, facility, fertility, flexility, fragility, futility, gentility, hostility, humility, imbecility, infantility, juvenility, liability, mobility, nihility, nobility, nubility, puerility, senility, servility, stability, sterility, tactility, tranquillity (US tranquility), usability, utility, versatility, viability, volatility

Definition of virility in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day exemplum
Pronunciation: ɪɡˈzɛmpləm
noun
an example or model...