Virtue is defined as moral excellence.
An example of virtue is the following of all the Ten Commandments.
- general moral excellence; right action and thinking; goodness or morality
- a specific moral quality regarded as good or meritorious
- chastity, esp. in a woman
- excellence in general; merit: the virtue in planning ahead
- a good quality or feature: the virtues of teaching as a profession
- effective power or force; efficacy; esp., the ability to heal or strengthen: the virtue of a medicine
- Now Rare manly quality; strength, courage, etc.
Origin of virtueMiddle English vertue from Old French vertu, virtue, goodness, power from Classical Latin virtus, manliness, worth from vir, man: see werewolf
by virtue of
because of; on the grounds of
make a virtue of necessity
to accept with an agreeable or positive attitude that which must be accepted anyway
- a. Moral excellence and righteousness; goodness.b. An example or kind of moral excellence: the virtue of patience.
- Archaic Chastity, especially in a woman.
- A particularly efficacious, good, or beneficial quality; advantage: a plan with the virtue of being practical.
- Effective force or power: believed in the virtue of prayer.
- virtues Christianity The fifth of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
- Obsolete Manly courage; valor.
Origin of virtueMiddle English vertu from Old French from Latin virtūs manliness, excellence, goodness from vir man ; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural virtues)
- The inherent power or efficacy of something (now only in phrases). [from 13th c.]
- (uncountable) Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct. [from 13th c.]
- A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality. [from 13th c.]
- Specifically, each of several qualities held to be particularly important, including the four cardinal virtues, the three theological virtues, or the seven virtues opposed to the seven deadly sins. [from 14th c.]
- An inherently advantageous or excellent quality of something or someone; a favourable point, an advantage. [from 14th c.]
- A creature embodying divine power, specifically one of the orders of heavenly beings, traditionally ranked above angels and below archangels. [from 14th c.]
- (uncountable) Specifically, moral conduct in sexual behaviour, especially of women; chastity. [from 17th c.]