virtuous

[vur-choo-uhs]
adjective
1.
conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life.
2.
chaste: a virtuous young person.

Origin:
1300–50; alteration (with i < Latin) of Middle English vertuous < Anglo-French < Late Latin virtuōsus, equivalent to Latin virtu(s) virtue + -ōsus -ous

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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virtuous (ˈvɜːtʃʊəs)
 
adj
1.  characterized by or possessing virtue or moral excellence; righteous; upright
2.  (of women) chaste or virginal
 
'virtuously
 
adv
 
'virtuousness
 
n

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virtuous
late 14c., "chaste" (of women), from virtue (q.v.). Earlier it was used in a sense of "valiant, valorous, manly" (c.1300).
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Example sentences
The important thing, therefore, was not to seek happiness for its own sake but to live virtuously.
More virtuously than in the novel, their acquaintance ripens into romance.
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