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virile

vir·ile

virile

 
 
pronunciation:
vi rl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having the qualities of a man; characteristically masculine.
He thought that growing a beard would make him appear more virile.
synonyms:
masculine
antonyms:
effeminate, unmanly
similar words:
macho, male, manful, manlike, manly, red-blooded
definition 2: forceful, vigorous, or energetic.
He's a virile politician who will be hard to beat in the next election.
synonyms:
dynamic, energetic, forceful, vigorous
similar words:
hardy, powerful, robust, rugged, stout, strong
definition 3: capable of procreating; sexually potent.
As a side effect of the drug, a man can become less virile.
antonyms:
sterile
similar words:
fecund, fertile
derivation: virility (n.)
Word Parts
The word virile contains the following parts:
vir Latin root that means man
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-ile, -il Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being or undergoing; pertaining to