- Obsolete spelling of virtuous.
c. 1520, William Peeris, “The prouerbis in the rouf of my lorde percy closett at lekyngfelde”, in Chronicle of the Family of Percy, published 1843, page 482:
- HE that made this hous for contemplacion / Myndyde specially excercyse of lernynge and vertuus occupation.
- (obsolete) plural form of , an archaic spelling of virtue.
16th century, Henry VIII, “Lusty youth should us ensue”, in John E. Stevens editor, Music & Poetry in the Early Tudor Court, published 1961, page 417:
- For withowt ther goode gydaunce / Yough shuld fall in grett myschaunce; / For yough ys frayle and prompt to doo, / As well vices as vertuus to ensew;