English Derivatives: Vir
by Lauren Conant
What English derivatives come from the Latin term "vir"?
The word vir
, meaning man, has several common English derivatives:virtue
: the first meaning of virtue is manliness or courage, from the Latin word virtus
. Other meanings, such as goodness and chastity and moral excellence, came later. See other derivatives, such as virtual, virtuosity, virtuoso, etc.virile, virility
: these words still have the strong connotation of male strength and power.
After those two, there are many less common words related to vir
: The assumption of male characteristics by a female. virilisation
: the development of male characteristics in a female or a young boy. virilocal
: living with or located near the husband's father's side of the family.
Then there are words related to virus
, meaning poison. This word IS NOT related to the word for man, although many would make strong arguments to correlate the two!
Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.
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