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[vuh-ril-i-tee] /vəˈrɪl ɪ ti/
the state or quality of being virile; manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity.
the power of procreation.
Origin of virility
1580-90; < Latin virīlitās, equivalent to virīli(s) virile + -tās -ty2
Related forms
nonvirility, noun
ultravirility, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was "a man without vices, even in his youth, but full even in ripe age of the sap of virility."

  • The standard of virility is unquestionably an individual problem.

  • The essence of stoneware is strength and virility, just as that of porcelain is lightness and grace.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • He wins her by his virility, but cannot retain her by his perception.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • If yours lacks the qualities of virility, change your habit of walking.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • "The potted plant astonished at the virility of the weed," said Lyman.

    Old Ebenezer Opie Read
Word Origin and History for virility

"period of manhood," 1580s; see virile + -ity. Meaning "manly strength" is recorded from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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virility in Medicine

virility vi·ril·i·ty (və-rĭl'ĭ-tē)

  1. The quality or state of being virile.

  2. Masculine vigor; potency.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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