Adjective "virtuous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing high moral standards.
  1. 'I, for one, from reading the Book of Job and having knowledge about the Eightfold Path would know that I have done the right thing by being virtuous since it would aid me in achieving nirvana.'
  2. 'The consummation, the crowning glory of a well-lived life, happiness would be granted only to the worthy, the virtuous, the god-like happy few.'
  3. 'These guidelines state that if physicians must be moral and virtuous, the associations representing them must exhibit the same qualities and be seen to be acting in an altruistic fashion.'
  4. 'Should applications of technology be socially virtuous by any standard?'
  5. 'I've seen Titanic enough times to know that rich people are fatuous and greedy, while poor people are noble and virtuous.'
  6. 'Being virtuous means knowing the right time, place, circumstance, and manner in which to be courageous.'
  7. 'It's hypocritical in the sense that these people all lie yet proclaim themselves virtuous and honest, yes.'
  8. 'Understanding the way karma works, we seek to live a good and virtuous life through right thought, right speech and right action.'
  9. 'He presented himself as an honest and virtuous man, a spokesman for the outsiders in society.'
  10. 'Virgos are virtuous, ethical and kind-hearted.'
  11. 'The price of a virtuous woman, says Proverbs, is more than that of rubies.'
  12. 'Faithful Emilia died, still calmly defending Desdemona's innocence and proclaiming her love for the virtuous woman.'
  13. 'Shakespeare places a high value upon chastity, but he does not go so far as some of his contemporaries who thought that virtuous women had no physical desires.'


1. conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life.

2. chaste: a virtuous young person.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be virtuous as moralists."

"governments can be virtuous in futures."

"correctnesses can be virtuous in itselfs."

"circles can be virtuous."

"people can be virtuous."

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Middle English: from Old French vertuous, from late Latin virtuosus, from virtus ‘virtue’.