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Virtuous, 1) morally good; applied to persons and practices: Lucr. 252. 391 (like a v. monument; cf. “Monument).” Sonn. 16, 7. 72, 5. 88, 4. Gent. IV, 4, 185. Wiv. I, 1, 191. IV, 2, 136. Meas. II, 2, 20. Meas. II, 2, 20 III, 2, 239 “(it is v. to be constant).” Err. V, 134. Ado II, 3, 29. Ado II, 3, 29 Ado II, 3, 29 Ado II, 3, 29 V, 1, 311. LLL II, 38. Mids. II, 2, 59. Merch. I, 2, 30. As I, 3, 83. II, 3, 5. IV, 1, 64. All's I, 1, 48 “(v. qualities).” H4A II, 4, 460. H6A II, 2, 20. H6A II, 2, 20 IV, 1, 35. V, 1, 43 “(v. gifts).” V, 4, 39. H6B I, 2, 20. H6C II, 2, 49. H8 II, 2, 128. Cor. V, 2, 27 (though it were as v<*> to lie). V, 3, 26 “(let it be v. to be obstinate).” Tim. III, 2, 45 (if his occasion were not v., i. e. caused by his virtue) etc. etc.
2) powerful, efficacious by inherent qualities, beneficial: “corrupt with v. season,” Meas. II, 2, 168. “whose liquor hath this v. property, to take from thence all error,” Mids. III, 2, 367. “culling from every flower the v. sweets,” H4B IV, 5, 76. “that by your v. means I may again exist,” Oth. III, 4, 111.
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