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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.

Definitions of virtuous
  1. adjective
    morally excellent
    Synonyms:
    chaste
    morally pure
    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
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    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
    dastardly, nefarious, villainous
    extremely wicked
    peccable, peccant
    liable to sin
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  2. adjective
    in a state of sexual virginity
    synonyms: pure, vestal, virgin, virginal
    chaste
    morally pure
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