What does virtue mean?

Definitions for virtueˈvɜr tʃu

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word virtue.

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


  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

  9. Origin: [OE. vertu, F. vertu, L. virtus strength, courage, excellence, virtue, fr. vir a man. See Virile, and cf. Virtu.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Virtue

    vėr′tu, n. excellence: worth: moral excellence: the practice of duty: a moral excellence: sexual purity, esp. female chastity: purity: (B.) strength: force: inherent power, efficacy: one of the orders of the celestial hierarchy.—adj. Vir′tual, having virtue or efficacy: having the efficacy without the material part: in effect though not in fact: (mech.) possible and infinitesimal.—adv. Vir′tually.—adjs. Vir′tueless, wanting virtue: without efficacy; Vir′tue-proof (Milt.), impregnable in virtue; Vir′tuous, having virtue or moral goodness: blameless: righteous: practising duty: being according to the moral law: chaste (of a woman).—adv. Vir′tuously.—n. Vir′tuousness.—By, In, virtue of, through the power, force, or efficacy of; Make a virtue of necessity, to do as if from inclination or sense of duty something one must needs do; Seven principal Virtues, faith, hope, charity, justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude—the first three the theological, the last four the moral virtues; The cardinal virtues (see Cardinal). [O. Fr.,—L. virtus, bravery, moral excellence—vir, a man; cf. Gr. hērōs, Sans. vira, a hero.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


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

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of virtue in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of virtue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Allison Ling:

    Bluntness is a virtue.

  2. Aneurin Bevan:

    Virtue is its own punishment.

  3. Francis Bacon:

    Silence is the virtue of fools.

  4. Laertius Diogenes:

    Blushing is the color of virtue.

  5. Claudianus:

    Virtue is indeed its own reward.

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