1 adj A virtuous person behaves in a moral and correct way.
Louis was shown as an intelligent, courageous and virtuous family man.
2 adj If you describe someone as virtuous, you mean that they have done what they ought to do and feel very pleased with themselves, perhaps too pleased. I cleaned the flat, which left me feeling virtuous.
virtuously adv usu ADV with v, also ADV adj `I've already done that,' said Ronnie virtuously.
If you describe a situation as a virtuous circle, you mean that once one good thing starts happening, other good things happen, which cause the first thing to continue happening. n-sing
(Antonym: vicious circle)
Exercise creates its own virtuous circle. Once you start a programme and do it regularly, you'll feel so good you'll want to continue., ...a virtuous circle of investment and growth.
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary
1 blameless, ethical, excellent, exemplary, good, high-principled, honest, honourable, incorruptible, just, moral, praiseworthy, pure, righteous, squeaky-clean, upright, worthy
2 celibate, chaste, clean-living, innocent, pure, spotless, virginal
1 corrupt, debauched, depraved, dishonest, evil, immoral, sinful, unrighteous, vicious, wicked
2 impure, loose, promiscuous, unchaste
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