Definition of virtuous in English:


Line breaks: vir¦tu|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːtjʊəs
, -tʃʊəs/




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  • This kinder, gentler discipline was designed to get children to behave virtuously because they had internalized national values, not because they feared either external authority or the shame they would bring on their families.
  • ‘The way to remember the future,’ he answered as Tolstoy might have, ‘is to live virtuously in the present.’
  • All experience suggests that exhortations to young people to behave virtuously in matters such as diet and exercise (not to mention in relation to alcohol, drugs and sex) are more likely to result in contrary behaviour.


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  • During the 1950s the evil of communism was invariably defined by the virtuousness of its enemies.
  • Callers try to top each other in the virtuousness of their hysteria, and the violence of their solutions.
  • In much of today's Western culture, virtuousness is primarily associated with exaggerated propriety, but in past centuries virtue was of immense importance as a pivotal principle of religious, ethical and political thought.


Middle English: from Old French vertuous, from late Latin virtuosus, from virtus 'virtue'.

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