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virility

[vuh-ril-i-tee] /vəˈrɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being virile; manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity.
2.
the power of procreation.
Origin of virility
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin virīlitās, equivalent to virīli(s) virile + -tās -ty2
Related forms
nonvirility, noun
ultravirility, noun
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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."

  • That all this virility and nubility and glamor is pure coincidence?

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • The essence of stoneware is strength and virility, just as that of porcelain is lightness and grace.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • And on his own merits the virility and good looks of him drew her admiration.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • If yours lacks the qualities of virility, change your habit of walking.

    Certain Success Norval A. Hawkins
  • The standard of virility is unquestionably an individual problem.

Word Origin and History for virility
n.

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

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virility in Medicine

virility vi·ril·i·ty (və-rĭl'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. The quality or state of being virile.

  2. Masculine vigor; potency.

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