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.
adj morally excellent
morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)
concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
not capable of sin
impeccant, innocent, sinless
free from sin
morally bad in principle or practice
morally bad or wrong
deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
lacking piety or reverence for a god
contrary to conscience or morality or law
having the nature of vice
(of an actor or role) being or playing the villain
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
liable to sin
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