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ˈvɪr əl; esp. Brit. -aɪlvir·ile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. virileadjective

    characterized by energy and vigor

    "a virile and ever stronger free society"; "a new and virile leadership"

  2. male, manful, manlike, manly, virileadjective

    characteristic of a man

    "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"

  3. potent, virileadjective

    (of a male) capable of copulation


  1. virileadjective

    Being manly; having characteristics associated with being male, such as strength; exhibiting masculine traits to an exaggerated degree such as strength, forcefulness or vigor.

    Etymology: From virilis.

  2. virileadjective

    Pertaining to a grammatical gender used in plurals of some Slavic languages, corresponding to the personal masculine animate nouns.

    Etymology: From virilis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virileadjective

    having the nature, properties, or qualities, of an adult man; characteristic of developed manhood; hence, masterful; forceful; specifically, capable of begetting; -- opposed to womanly, feminine, and puerile; as, virile age, virile power, virile organs

    Etymology: [L. virilis, fr. vir a man; akin to AS. wer: cf. F. viril. See Werewolf, World, and cf. Decemvir, Virago, Virtue.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Virile

    vir′il, or vī′ril, adj. of or belonging to a man or to the male sex: masculine: manly.—n. Viril′ity, the state or quality of being a man: the power of a full-grown male: the power of procreation: manhood. [L. virilisvir, a man; cog. with Gr. hērōs, a hero, Old High Ger. wer, a man.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virile in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of virile in a Sentence

  1. Susan Sontag:

    What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

  2. Andrew Marr:

    Just months after my return home, I, a 32-year-old once-virile male, was experiencing libido issues, we already had four children, waiting on our fifth, and my wife was thinking, ‘We have an enormous problem here. He doesn’t love me anymore.’ I didn’t know what was happening to me. I thought I just needed time.

  3. Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation, 1966:

    What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

  4. Andre Fersa:

    Virile barber shop is taking over Wurstbar today to help the quarantined staff, the weather is too nice out to let our neighbors at Wurstbar stay closed !

  5. Alfred Jarry:

    The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    • A. dependable
    • B. frantic
    • C. sought
    • D. witless

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