virility

virility

[vuh-ril-i-tee]
noun
1.
the state or quality of being virile; manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity.
2.
the power of procreation.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin virīlitās, equivalent to virīli(s) virile + -tās -ty2

nonvirility, noun
ultravirility, noun
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virile (ˈvɪraɪl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male
2.  (of a male) possessing high sexual drive and capacity for sexual intercourse
3.  of or capable of copulation or procreation
4.  strong, forceful, or vigorous
 
[C15: from Latin virīlis manly, from vir a man; related to Old English wer man and probably to Latin vis strength]
 
virility
 
n

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