adjective \ˈvər-chə-wəs, ˈvərch-wəs\

: morally good : having or showing virtue

Full Definition of VIRTUOUS

a :  having or exhibiting virtue — (see virtue)
b :  morally excellent :  righteous <a virtuous decision>
:  chaste
vir·tu·ous·ly adverb
vir·tu·ous·ness noun

Examples of VIRTUOUS

  1. She felt that she had made a virtuous decision by donating the money to charity.
  2. <virtuous behavior is its own reward>
  3. In a kind of virtuous circle, the second tier schools got better as applications rose and they could become choosier in assembling a class—which in turn raised the quality of the whole experience on campus and made the school more attractive to both topflight professors and the next wave of applicants. —Nancy Gibbs et al., Time, 21 Aug. 2006

Origin of VIRTUOUS

(see virtue)
First Known Use: 14th century


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