noun Date: 1586 the quality or state of being virile: a. manhood 3 b. manly vigor ; masculinity

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  • virility — UK [vəˈrɪlətɪ] / US [vɪˈrɪlətɪ] noun [uncountable] the strength and power that are considered typical qualities of a man, especially sexual energy virility symbol: His car is a red turbo charged Porsche, the classic virility symbol …   English dictionary

  • virility — virile ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a man) having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive. 2) vigorous, strong, and manly. DERIVATIVES virility noun. ORIGIN Latin virilis, from vir man …   English terms dictionary

  • virility — /veuh ril i tee/, n. 1. the state or quality of being virile; manly character, vigor, or spirit; masculinity. 2. the power of procreation. [1580 90; < L virilitas, equiv. to virili(s) VIRILE + tas TY2] * * * …   Universalium

  • virility — noun /vəˈrɪlɪti/ a) The state of being virile b) Manly character Syn: masculinity Ant: femininity See Also: virile …   Wiktionary

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