virility

noun vi·ril·i·ty \ və-ˈri-lə-tē , British also vī- \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of virility

: the quality or state of being virile:
a : manhood 3
b : manly vigor : masculinity

Examples of virility in a Sentence

  1. many cultures value virility as a sign of power

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Luckily, there's no doubt about what virility is, since it's depicted on the covers of dozens of new romance novels every month! A masterful and dominating manner, a splendid bared chest, a full head of lustrous hair, and an array of stunning costumes seem to be what's required. (Virile traits often missing in these men are hair on the chest and any hint of future baldness.) High-school football provides a showplace for demonstrations of adolescent virility, and for years afterward virile high-school players can keep using football language in their business life: "get to the red zone", "Hail Mary pass", "move the ball", and on and on.

First Known Use of virility

1586

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virility

noun vi·ril·i·ty \ və-ˈril-ət-ē, British also vī- \

medical Definition of virility

plural virilities
: the quality or state of being virile: as
a : the period of developed manhood
b : the capacity to function as a male in copulation


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