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Virtueless

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Vi'rtueless. adj. [from virtue.]

  1. Wanting virtue; deprived of virtue.

  2. Not having efficacy; without operating qualities.

    All second causes, together with nature herself, without that operative faculty which God gave them, would become altogether silent, virtueless, and dead. Raleigh.

    Virtueless she wisht all herbs and charms,
    Wherewith false men increase their patients harms.
    Fairfax.

    Some would make those glorious creatures virtueless. Hakewell.

Sources: Fairfax, Edward (30) · Hakewill, George (9) · Raleigh, Walter (68)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Virtueless." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 15, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=14774.


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