Definitions for virilityvəˈrɪl ɪ ti
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word virility
the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreation
manfulness, manliness, virility(noun)
the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male
The state of being virile
The ability to procreate
Origin: From virīlitās
the quality or state of being virile; developed manhood; manliness; specif., the power of procreation; as, exhaustion
Origin: [L. virilitas: cf. F. virilit.]
Virility refers to any of a wide range of masculine characteristics viewed positively. It is applicable to women but not to negative characteristics. The Oxford English Dictionary says virile is "marked by strength or force." Virility is commonly associated with vigour, health, sturdiness, and constitution, especially in the fathering of children. In this last sense, virility is to men as fertility is to women. OED1 also notes that virile has become obsolete in referring to a "nubile" young woman – "a maid that is Marriageable or ripe for a Husband, or Virill." Historically, masculine attributes such as beard growth have been seen as signs of virility and leadership.
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I thank God for the honesty and virility of Jesus religion which makes us face the facts and calls us to take a man's part in the real battle of life.
Whether he admits it or not, a man has been brought up to look at money as a sign of his virility, a symbol of his power, a bigger phallic symbol than a Porsche.
In England and America a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.
Translations for virility
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- virilitatCatalan, Valencian
- ανδρισμός, ανδρότηταGreek
- مردانگی, رجولیتPersian
- vīrišķība, vīrišķīgumsLatvian
- mužévnōst, муже́вно̄стSerbo-Croatian
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