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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Virility'

Virility Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    virility n
  1. the property of being capable of copulation and procreation
  2. the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male [syn: manfulness, manliness]
Virility Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Virility \Vi*ril"i*ty\, n. [L. virilitas: cf. F. virilit['e].] The quality or state of being virile; developed manhood; manliness; specif., the power of procreation; as, exhaustion. ``Virility of visage.'' --Holland.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Virility'


Virility refers to any of a wide range of masculine characteristics viewed positively. It is not applicable to women or to negative characteristics. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED1) 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 maide that is Mariageable or ripe for a Husband, or Virill."

Historically, masculine attributes such as beard growth have been seen as signs of virility and leadership (for example in ancient Egypt and Greece).

As a term for positive reference, virility does not accord with feminisms that put forward various deconstructions of masculinity.

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  • How did John Boehner's opponent get his campaign ad to go viral? Humor. (+video)
    The latest viral campaign video spoofs an ad for a virility drug. Not bad for a French teacher trying to unseat House Speaker John Boehner. Humor has been a staple of 2014's best political ads. Read more on this news related to 'Virility'
  • How did John Boehner's opponent get his campaign ad to go viral? Humor.
    The latest viral campaign video spoofs an ad for a virility drug. Not bad for a French teacher trying to unseat House Speaker John Boehner. Humor has been a staple of 2014's best political ads. Read more on this news related to 'Virility'
  • John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction
    A high school French teacher who is challenging House Speaker John Boehner has come up with a novel campaign approach: an ad spoofing virility drug commercials. Read more on this news related to 'Virility'

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