virility


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vir·ile

 (vîr′əl, -īl′)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male, especially in having the ability to have sexual intercourse.
2. Masculine in a robust way; manly: "[He] was a man of action, a virile director who brought out the best in the screenplay" (Jeffrey Meyers).
3. Energetic or forceful: a virile performance of the concerto.

[Middle English, from Old French viril, from Latin virīlis, from vir, man; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots.]

vi·ril′i·ty (və-rĭl′ĭ-tē) n.

vi•ril•i•ty

(vəˈrɪl ɪ ti)

n.
the state or quality of being virile; manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity.
[1580–90; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.virility - the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreationvirility - the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreation
maleness, masculinity - the properties characteristic of the male sex
2.virility - the trait of being manlyvirility - the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male
masculinity - the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for men

virility

noun masculinity, manhood, potency, vigour, machismo Children are considered a proof of a man's virility.
impotence, effeminacy, unmanliness, weakness, femininity, softness
Translations
vyriškumas
virilitet

virility

[vɪˈrɪlɪtɪ] Nvirilidad f

virility

[vɪˈrɪləti] nvirilité f

virility

n (lit)Männlichkeit f; (= sexual power)Potenz f; (fig)Ausdruckskraft f; political virilitypolitische Potenz

virility

[vɪˈrɪlɪtɪ] nvirilità

vi·ril·i·ty

n. virilidad.
1. potencia sexual;
2. estado de poseer características masculinas.

virility

n virilidad f
References in classic literature ?
Standing in the doorway and glancing round me, I had a general impression of extraordinary comfort and elegance combined with an atmosphere of masculine virility.
That leap from the failing carriage seemed to have used up his last virility.
The virility of this deed impressed her; and yet, normally, she attached no value to the power of opening gates.
Ward is most successful in female portraiture, her own mind and culture have an unmistakable virility and grasp and scientific firmness.
It was fresh--the smoke-curing had just begun--and, save for the closed eyes, all the sullen handsomeness and animal virility of the boy, as Joan had known it, was still to be seen in the monstrous thing that twisted and dangled in the eddying smoke.
Young yet, barely thirty-six, eminently handsome, magnificently strong, almost bursting with a splendid virility, his free trail-stride, never learned on pavements, and his black eyes, hinting of great spaces and unwearied with the close perspective of the city dwellers, drew many a curious and wayward feminine glance.
At the same time a wave of intense virility seemed to surge out from him and impinge upon her.
A man who has been through hell does not boast of his virility.
He was in perfect condition, without an ounce of superfluous flesh, and the one hundred and fifty pounds that he weighed were so many pounds of grit and virility.
But it was a robustness in a finer than the wonted sense, a vigorous daintiness, it might be called, which gave an impression of virility with none of the womanly left out.
The jaw, the chin, the brow rising to a goodly height and swelling heavily above the eyes,--these, while strong in themselves, unusually strong, seemed to speak an immense vigour or virility of spirit that lay behind and beyond and out of sight.
Therefore it must have been his bodily appearance, exhibiting a virility of nature as exaggerated as his beard, and resembling a sort of constant ruthlessness.