virtuous

Virtuous is “good” with a halo. If you call someone virtuous, you are saying that person is living according to high moral standards. Someone virtuous is who you want leading your Girl Scout troop.

When you use virtuous to describe an action, like, "Your decision to cancel your vacation plans when your mom got sick was virtuous," it’s almost as though you’re referring to an ideal of goodness. In past centuries, virtuous was synonymous with virginal. In many 18th century English novels, for example, a woman didn't even have to be all that nice to be called virtuous; it just mattered that she was sexually innocent.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: virtuous

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adj
morally excellent
2
adj
in a state of sexual virginity
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: virtuous
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adj morally excellent

Synonyms
chaste
morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)
good
morally admirable
moral
concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
pious
having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
righteous
characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
impeccable
not capable of sin
impeccant, innocent, sinless
free from sin
Antonyms:
wicked
morally bad in principle or practice
evil
morally bad or wrong
immoral
deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
impious
lacking piety or reverence for a god
wrong
contrary to conscience or morality or law
unrighteous
not righteous
evil, vicious
having the nature of vice
heavy
(of an actor or role) being or playing the villain
flagitious, heinous
extremely wicked, deeply criminal
iniquitous, sinful, ungodly
characterized by iniquity; wicked because it is believed to be a sin
irreclaimable, irredeemable, unredeemable, unreformable
insusceptible of reform
nefarious, villainous
extremely wicked
peccable, peccant
liable to sin
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adj in a state of sexual virginity

Synonyms:
pure, vestal, virgin, virginal
chaste
morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)
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