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What is the connotation of "virility"? Is virility usually used in a bad derogatory sense?

Thanks. -K

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    It has nothing to do with virus or villain, if that phonetic similarity might possibly be what made you wonder. Virility comes from an old word for a man; virus, from poison; villain, from house. – Talia Ford Sep 21 '13 at 8:07
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    What research have you done before asking here? – TimLymington Sep 21 '13 at 9:06
  • Etymologically, virility merely means manliness -- what connotations would you think manliness has? – Kris Sep 21 '13 at 13:07
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The definition given in Oxford Dictionaries Online is:

(in a man) the quality of having strength, energy and a strong sex drive; manliness

It carries no implication of any negative qualities.

  • Indeed. In fact most real men would take it as a compliment. – Brad Sep 21 '13 at 11:08

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