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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR VIRGIN

Her girlhood had in it a certain dignity as of a virgin priestess or sibyl.

Afterwards came the canticle: "In thy help, Virgin, do I put my trust."

She had beheld the Virgin, she was the chosen one, the martyr.

His voice, full of tenderness and strength, was said to be appreciated by the Virgin.

Since he had been set down there his eyes had not strayed from the statue of the Virgin.

One has the sense of coming into a virgin country, strong, fresh, and wonderful.

The proceedings always closed with a Hymn to the Virgin Mary.

One is that it got its name from its association with hymns to the Virgin.

Another is that it was thus called in honor of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

Violante was chanting the evening hymn to the Virgin Mother.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "unmarried or chaste woman noted for religious piety and having a position of reverence in the Church," from Old French virgine, from Latin virginem (nominative virgo) "maiden, unwedded girl or woman," also an adj., "fresh, unused," probably related to virga "young shoot." For sense evolution, cf. Greek talis "a marriageable girl," cognate with Latin talea "rod, stick, bar." Meaning "young woman in a state of inviolate chastity" is recorded from c.1300. Also applied since early 14c. to a chaste man. Meaning "naive or inexperienced person" is attested from 1953. The adj. is recorded from 1550s in the literal sense; figurative sense of "pure, untainted" is attested from c.1300.

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