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virtuous

[vur-choo-uh s] /ˈvɜr tʃu əs/
adjective
1.
conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright:
Lead a virtuous life.
2.
chaste:
a virtuous young person.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; alteration (with i < Latin) of Middle English vertuous < Anglo-French < Late Latin virtuōsus, equivalent to Latin virtu(s) virtue + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
virtuously, adverb
virtuousness, noun
nonvirtuous, adjective
nonvirtuously, adverb
nonvirtuousness, noun
quasi-virtuous, adjective
quasi-virtuously, adverb
unvirtuous, adjective
unvirtuously, adverb
unvirtuousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quasivirtuous

virtuous

/ˈvɜːtʃʊəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by or possessing virtue or moral excellence; righteous; upright
2.
(of women) chaste or virginal
Derived Forms
virtuously, adverb
virtuousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for quasivirtuous

virtuous

adj.

late 14c., "chaste" (of women), from virtue + -ous. Earlier it was used in a sense of "valiant, valorous, manly" (c.1300).

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