The condition of being virile, that is to say, of conforming to particular social ideas about being male. Some aspects of virility are fertility, potence, assertiveness, and aggressiveness.

The opposite of impotence, in both the physical and metaphorical senses.

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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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