Definitions for virtueˈvɜr tʃu

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vir•tue*ˈvɜr tʃu(n.)

  1. conformity of one's life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; moral excellence; rectitude.

    Category: Philosphy

  2. a particular moral excellence.

    Category: Philosphy

  3. chastity; virginity:

    to lose one's virtue.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. a good or admirable quality or property.

  5. effective force; power or potency.

  6. virtues, an order of angels.

    Category: Religion

    Ref: Compare angel (def. 1). 1 1

  7. manly excellence; valor.

Idioms for virtue:

  1. by or in virtue of, by reason of; because of.

    Category: Idiom

  2. make a virtue of necessity, to make the best of a difficult or unsatisfactory situation.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See goodness.

Origin of virtue:

1175–1225; vertu < OF < L virtūtem, acc. of virtūs desirable male qualities, worth, virtue =vir man (seen virile ) +-tūs abstract n. suffix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. virtue, virtuousness, moral excellence(noun)

    the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong

  2. merit, virtue(noun)

    any admirable quality or attribute

    "work of great merit"

  3. virtue, chastity, sexual morality(noun)

    morality with respect to sexual relations

  4. virtue(noun)

    a particular moral excellence

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. virtue(noun)ˈvɜr tʃu

    an advantage or useful feature

    the virtues and benefits of Internet shopping

  2. virtueˈvɜr tʃu

    a good quality in sb's character

    Modesty is not one of his virtues.

  3. virtueˈvɜr tʃu

    behavior that is morally good

    a woman's virtue


  1. virtue(Noun)

    The inherent power of a god, or other supernatural being.

  2. virtue(Noun)

    The inherent power or efficacy of something .

  3. virtue(Noun)

    Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct.

  4. virtue(Noun)

    A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality.

  5. virtue(Noun)

    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.

  6. virtue(Noun)

    An inherently advantageous or excellent quality of something or someone; a favourable point, an advantage.

  7. virtue(Noun)

    A creature embodying divine power, specifically one of the orders of heavenly beings, traditionally ranked above angels and below archangels.

  8. virtue(Noun)

    Specifically, moral conduct in sexual behaviour, especially of women; chastity.

  9. Origin: vertu, from vertu, vertu, from virtus, from vir; see virile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virtue(noun)

    manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor

  2. Virtue(noun)

    active quality or power; capacity or power adequate to the production of a given effect; energy; strength; potency; efficacy; as, the virtue of a medicine

  3. Virtue(noun)

    energy or influence operating without contact of the material or sensible substance

  4. Virtue(noun)

    excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth

  5. Virtue(noun)

    specifically, moral excellence; integrity of character; purity of soul; performance of duty

  6. Virtue(noun)

    a particular moral excellence; as, the virtue of temperance, of charity, etc

  7. Virtue(noun)

    specifically: Chastity; purity; especially, the chastity of women; virginity

  8. Virtue(noun)

    one of the orders of the celestial hierarchy


  1. Virtue

    Virtue is moral excellence. A virtue is a positive trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness. The opposite of virtue is vice.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A quality oftentimes associated with intelligence, but rarely with beauty.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'virtue' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4666

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'virtue' in Nouns Frequency: #1538

Translations for virtue

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a good moral quality

Honesty is a virtue.

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