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Definition of virtuous adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) behaving in a very good and moral way synonym irreproachable a wise and virtuous man She lived an entirely virtuous life.
  2. 2(disapproving or humorous) claiming to behave better or have higher moral standards than other people He was feeling virtuous because he had finished and they hadn't.
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