Virtue meaning

vûrcho͝o
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Virtue is defined as moral excellence.

An example of virtue is the following of all the Ten Commandments.

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General moral excellence; right action and thinking; goodness or morality.
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A particularly efficacious, good, or beneficial quality; advantage.

A plan with the virtue of being practical.

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Effective force or power.

Believed in the virtue of prayer.

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A specific moral quality regarded as good or meritorious.
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Effective power or force; efficacy; esp., the ability to heal or strengthen.

The virtue of a medicine.

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(christianity) The fifth of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
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A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality. [from 13th c.]
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(archaic) Chastity, especially in a woman.
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(obsolete) Manly courage; valor.
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An inherently advantageous or excellent quality of something or someone; a favourable point, an advantage. [from 14th c.]
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The inherent power or efficacy of something (now only in phrases). [from 13th c.]
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A creature embodying divine power, specifically one of the orders of heavenly beings, traditionally ranked above angels and below archangels. [from 14th c.]
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(uncountable) Specifically, moral conduct in sexual behaviour, especially of women; chastity. [from 17th c.]
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Chastity, esp. in a woman.
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(now rare) Manly quality; strength, courage, etc.
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(uncountable) Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct. [from 13th c.]
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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.]
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  • On the grounds or basis of; by reason of:
    Well-off by virtue of a large inheritance.
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by virtue of
  • because of; on the grounds of
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make a virtue of necessity
  • to accept with an agreeable or positive attitude that which must be accepted anyway
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Origin of virtue

  • Middle English vertu from Old French from Latin virtūs manliness, excellence, goodness from vir man wī-ro- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English vertu, from Anglo-Norman vertu, Middle French vertu, from Latin virtus (“manliness, bravery, worth, moral excellence"), from vir (“man"); see virile.

    From Wiktionary