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Synonyms for virile
ˈvɪr əl; esp. Brit. -aɪlvir·ile

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  1. virileadjective


  2. virileadjective


  3. virileadjective


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. virile

    We apply male to the sex, masculine to the qualities, especially to the stronger, hardier, and more imperious qualities that distinguish the male sex; as applied to women, masculine has often the depreciatory sense of unwomanly, rude, or harsh; as, a masculine face or voice, or the like; tho one may say in a commendatory way, she acted with masculine courage or decision. Manlike may mean only having the outward appearance or semblance of a man, or may be closely equivalent to manly. Manly refers to all the qualities and traits worthy of a man; manful, especially to the valor and prowess that become a man; we speak of a manful struggle, manly decision; we say manly gentleness or tenderness; we could not say manful tenderness. Mannish is a depreciatory word referring to the mimicry or parade of some superficial qualities of manhood; as, a mannish boy or woman. Masculine may apply to the distinctive qualities of the male sex at any age; virile applies to the distinctive qualities of mature manhood only, as opposed not only to feminine or womanly but to childish, and is thus an emphatic word for sturdy, intrepid, etc.

    See synonyms for FEMININE.

    male, manful, manlike, manly, mannish, masculine

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. virile

    manly, masculine, robust, nervous, vigorous

    feeble, debile, puerile, effeminate, emasculate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. virileadjective

    characterized by energy and vigor

    "a virile and ever stronger free society"; "a new and virile leadership"

    potent, manful, male, manly, manlike

    feminine, weak

  2. male, manful, manlike, manly, virileadjective

    characteristic of a man

    "a deep male voice"; "manly sports"

    anthropoid, potent, manful, male, manly, manlike

    feminine, weak

  3. potent, virileadjective

    (of a male) capable of copulation

    manlike, potent, strong, stiff, male, manly, powerful, manful

    feminine, weak

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. virileadjective

    manly, masculine

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. virileadjective

    masculine, vigorous, strong, potent

    invirile, emasculated, impotent

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "virile":

    manly, masculine

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How to use virile in a sentence?

  1. Alfred Jarry:

    The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character.

  2. Charles Cooley:

    It is surely a matter of common observation that a man who knows no one thing intimately has no views worth hearing on things in general. The farmer philosophizes in terms of crops, soils, markets, and implements, the mechanic generalizes his experiences of wood and iron, the seaman reaches similar conclusions by his own special road; and if the scholar keeps pace with these it must be by an equally virile productivity.

  3. Andrew Marr:

    Just months after my return home, I, a 32-year-old once-virile male, was experiencing libido issues, we already had four children, waiting on our fifth, and my wife was thinking, ‘We have an enormous problem here. He doesn’t love me anymore.’ I didn’t know what was happening to me. I thought I just needed time.

  4. Andre Fersa:

    Virile barber shop is taking over Wurstbar today to help the quarantined staff, the weather is too nice out to let our neighbors at Wurstbar stay closed !

  5. Susan Sontag:

    What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.

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