Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
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.
(b) Having power or efficacy; powerfully operative; efficacious; potent. [Obs.]
Lifting up his virtuous staff on high,
He smote the sea, which calméd was with speed.
Every virtuous plant and healing herb.
(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.
2. Chaste; pure; -- applied especially to women.
Mistress Ford . . . the virtuous creature, that hath the jealous fool to her husband.
-- Vir"tu*ous*ly, adv. -- Vir"tu*ous*ness, n.