A living, doddering Lee was far less useful to the pitchfork crowd than a hanged, virile Lee would have been.
To travel with her, she tapped Charles Powell, also tall and virile but only 47, “a smoothy” she called him.
late 15c., from Old French viril, from Latin virilis "of a man, manly," from vir "a man, a hero," from PIE *uiHro "freeman" (cf. Sanskrit virah, Avestan vira-, Lithuanian vyras, Lithuanian vyras, Old Irish fer, Welsh gwr, Gothic wair, Old English wer "man"). Virile member for "penis" is recorded from 1540s.
virile vir·ile (vēr'əl, -īl')
Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male, especially the ability to perform sexually as a male.
Having or showing masculine spirit, strength, vigor, or power.