|Virtuous (Vir"tu*ous) (?; 135), a.
[OE. vertuous, OF. vertuos, vertuous, F. vertueux, fr. L. Virtuous. See Virtue, and cf. Virtuoso.]
1. Possessing or exhibiting virtue. Specifically: -- (a) Exhibiting manly courage and strength; valorous; valiant; brave. [Obs.] "Old Priam's son, amongst them all, was chiefly virtuous." Chapman. (b) Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative; efficacious; potent. [Obs.] Chaucer. "Lifting up his virtuous staff on high, He smote the sea, which calméd was with speed." Spenser. "Every virtuous plant and healing herb." Milton. (c) Having moral excellence; characterized by morality; upright; righteous; pure; as, a virtuous action. "The virtuous mind that ever walks attended By a strong siding champion, conscience." Milton.
2. Chaste; pure; -- applied especially to women. "Mistress Ford . . . the virtuous creature, that hath the jealous fool to her husband." Shak.
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