Definition of virtuous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvɜːtʃuəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɜːrtʃuəs//
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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. Unmarried women were expected to live modest, virtuous lives. See related entries: Moral
  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.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French vertuous, from late Latin virtuosus, from virtus ‘virtue’.
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