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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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  • Clashes between Madagascar police, cattle rustlers kill 15
    Clashes between armed bands of cattle rustlers and security forces have left 15 people dead in Madagascar including two paramilitary policemen, officials said Sunday. The village tradition of young Malagasy men stealing prized humped zebu cattle to prove their virility and valour took a bloody turn after two separate incidents in the south-east of the island natio Read more on this news related to 'Virility'
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    Whether flamboyant and red or hard as steel, these symbols of virility and political prowess have always caused a flap in art. From Henry VIII's larger-than-life armour to Titian's phallic pomp, here are portraits of men dressed to impress The top 10 ancient Greek artworks The top 10 talents lost in the first world war This great portrait of a Renaissance Read more on this news related to 'Virility'

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