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virgin

 [vir´jin]
1. a person who has not had sexual intercourse.
2. a laboratory animal that has been kept free from sexual intercourse.

vir·gin

(vĭr'jin),
1. A person who has never had sexual intercourse.
2. Unused; uncontaminated. Synonym(s): virginal (2)
[L. virgo (virgin-), maiden]

virgin

/vir·gin/ (vir´jin)
1. a person who has not had sexual intercourse.
2. a laboratory animal that has been kept free from sexual intercourse.

virgin

(vûr′jĭn)
n.
A person who has not experienced sexual intercourse.

vir′gin·al (-jə-nəl) adj.

virgin

[vur′jən]
1 a person who has never had sexual intercourse.
2 uncontaminated.
A sexually naive person

vir·gin

(vĭr'jin)
1. A person who has never had sexual intercourse.
2. Unused; uncontaminated.
Synonym(s): virginal (2) .
[L. virgo (virgin-), maiden]

virgin

A person who has never had sexual intercourse. From the Latin virgo , a maiden, so should, strictly, apply only to a female. The claimed physical sign of virginity, an intact HYMEN, cannot always be relied upon because the part is subject to wide anatomical variations and to trauma. Both the term, and the importance placed on an intact hymen, are residua of a male-dominated past.

virgin

1. a female who has not had coitus.
2. in immunology, a naive lymphocyte.
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Miles is correct in saying that the Virgin could aid women as they formed an interior view of themselves, since she embodied the approved standard of life and behavior for women.
118) It was during the sixteenth century that artists largely abandoned portraits of the Virgin suckling her child.
We have discovered, of course, that by the late sixteenth century the Virgin is silent and restrained at the cross.
11 See, in particular, Klaits, 1985; Miles, 1989; Bordo, 1987; and with regard to the Virgin specifically, Warner 203-05.
According to Barletta, when Christ spoke from the cross to say he was thirsty, the Virgin cried, "Heu mi fili quid audio?
17 For example, Gabriel Barletta's Passion sermon made direct reference to a shrine supposedly built over the exact spot in Jerusalem where the Virgin had fainted when she saw her son fall under the weight of his cross, a chapel dedicated to "Sancta Maria de Spasmo.
Again the Virgin declares, "Voluntas dei et vestra fiat.
By contrast, medieval preachers attributed Jesus' heightened ability to feel pain to the fact that his body was made from the pure flesh of the Virgin.
Saint Peter Canisius does speak about Mary's grief in sermons devoted to Christ's circumcision and the Presentation in the temple; however, there is only one significant mention of the Virgin in the two Passion meditations; Canisius, 2:1:97, 104, 269.
Margery sought to follow the admonition to become a handmaid of the Lord by becoming, in her visions, a handmaid to the Virgin herself and to the Christ child, a task made easier by her own experience of motherhood.
94 Many post-Tridentine preachers continued to assert that the Virgin had taken a vow of virginity as a young girl and that Jesus had appeared to her first, following his resurrection on Easter.