virile


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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.

virile

(ˈvɪraɪl)
adj
1. (Physiology) of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an adult male
2. (Physiology) (of a male) possessing high sexual drive and capacity for sexual intercourse
3. (Physiology) of or capable of copulation or procreation
4. strong, forceful, or vigorous
[C15: from Latin virīlis manly, from vir a man; related to Old English wer man and probably to Latin vis strength]
virility n
ˈvirilely adv

vir•ile

(ˈvɪr əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl)

adj.
1. having or exhibiting masculine strength; masculine; manly.
2. characterized by a vigorous, masculine spirit.
3. pertaining to or characteristic of a man, esp. in a copulative function.
[1480–90; < Latin virīlis manly =vir man (akin to Old English wer man; see werewolf) + -īlis -ile2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.virile - characterized by energy and vigorvirile - characterized by energy and vigor; "a virile and ever stronger free society"; "a new and virile leadership"
strong - having strength or power greater than average or expected; "a strong radio signal"; "strong medicine"; "a strong man"
2.virile - characteristic of a manvirile - characteristic of a man; "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"
masculine - associated with men and not with women
3.virile - (of a male) capable of copulation

virile

adjective manly, masculine, macho, strong, male, robust, vigorous, potent, forceful, lusty, red-blooded, manlike a tall, virile man with rugged good looks
camp (informal), unmanly, effeminate, weak, feminine, impotent, girlie, weedy (informal), emasculate, wussy (slang), wimpish or wimpy (informal)

virile

adjective
Of, characteristic of, or befitting the male sex:
Translations
miehekäsmiehuullinenviriili
virilis
vyriškas
viril

virile

[ˈvɪraɪl] ADJ [man] → viril; [looks] → varonil

virile

[ˈvɪraɪl] adj [man] → viril(e)

virile

adj (lit)männlich; (fig)ausdrucksvoll, kraftvoll

virile

[ˈvɪraɪl] adjvirile

vir·ile

a. viril, varonil.
References in classic literature ?
My virile food taketh effect, my strong and savoury sayings: and verily, I did not nourish them with flatulent vegetables!
The book once published, the sex of the work, whether virile or not, has been recognized and proclaimed; when the child has once uttered his first cry he is born, there he is, he is made so, neither father nor mother can do anything, he belongs to the air and to the sun, let him live or die, such as he is.
There was something naively festive in his air, which, in conjunction with his firm and virile features, gave him a rather comical expression.
He did not even tell them his true name, and so they knew him only as Michael Sabrov, nor was there any resemblance between this sorry wreck and the virile, though unprincipled, Alexis Paulvitch of old.
The age of thumbscrews and the rack was, after all, a very virile age.
And yet, in the good time coming when alcohol is eliminated from the needs and the institutions of men, it will be the Y.M.C.A., and similar unthinkably better and wiser and more virile congregating-places, that will receive the men who now go to saloons to find themselves and one another.
And yet the sick man was whole for the time being; the virile spirit was once more master of the recreant members; and it was with illogical relief that I found those I sought standing almost unconcernedly beside the binnacle.
He felt vaguely that here was something better than the realism which he had adored; but certainly it was not the bloodless idealism which stepped aside from life in weakness; it was too strong; it was virile; it accepted life in all its vivacity, ugliness and beauty, squalor and heroism; it was realism still; but it was realism carried to some higher pitch, in which facts were transformed by the more vivid light in which they were seen.
Clayton was the type of Englishman that one likes best to associate with the noblest monuments of historic achievement upon a thousand victorious battlefields--a strong, virile man --mentally, morally, and physically.
He was finding speech, and all the beauty and wonder that had been pent for years behind his inarticulate lips was now pouring forth in a wild and virile flood.
His virile courage and optimism are as pronounced as those of Browning; he wrote a noteworthy 'Essay on Comedy' and oftentimes insists on emphasizing the comic rather than the tragic aspect of things, though he can also be powerful in tragedy; and his enthusiasms for the beauty of the world and for the romance of youthful love are delightful.
Yet there was nothing finicky about their politeness: it had the Public School touch, and, though sedulous, was virile. More battles than Waterloo have been won on our playing-fields, and Margaret bowed to a charm of which she did not wholly approve, and said nothing when the Oxford colleges were identified wrongly.