What does virtue mean?

Definitions for virtue
ˈvɜr tʃuvirtue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. virtue, virtuousness, moral excellencenoun

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

  2. merit, virtuenoun

    any admirable quality or attribute

    "work of great merit"

  3. virtue, chastity, sexual moralitynoun

    morality with respect to sexual relations

  4. virtuenoun

    a particular moral excellence

Wiktionary

  1. virtuenoun

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

    Etymology: vertu, from vertu, vertu, from virtus, from vir; see virile.

  2. virtuenoun

    The inherent power or efficacy of something .

    Etymology: vertu, from vertu, vertu, from virtus, from vir; see virile.

  3. virtuenoun

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

    Etymology: vertu, from vertu, vertu, from virtus, from vir; see virile.

  4. virtuenoun

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

    Etymology: vertu, from vertu, vertu, from virtus, from vir; see virile.

  5. virtuenoun

    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.

    Etymology: vertu, from vertu, vertu, from virtus, from vir; see virile.

  6. virtuenoun

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

    Etymology: vertu, from vertu, vertu, from virtus, from vir; see virile.

  7. virtuenoun

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

    Etymology: vertu, from vertu, vertu, from virtus, from vir; see virile.

  8. virtuenoun

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

    Etymology: vertu, from vertu, vertu, from virtus, from vir; see virile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virtuenoun

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

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

  2. Virtuenoun

    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

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

  3. Virtuenoun

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

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

  4. Virtuenoun

    excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth

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

  5. Virtuenoun

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

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

  6. Virtuenoun

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

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

  7. Virtuenoun

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

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

  8. Virtuenoun

    one of the orders of the celestial hierarchy

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

Freebase

  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

  1. VIRTUE

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

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Mythology

  1. Virtue

    A goddess worshiped by most of the ancients under various names. The way to the temple of honor was through the temple of virtue.

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

  2. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of virtue in a Sentence

  1. William Graham Sumner:

    Property left to a child may soon be lost but the inheritance of virtue--a good name an unblemished reputation--will abide forever. If those who are toiling for wealth to leave their children, would but take half the pains to secure for them virtuous habits, how much more serviceable would they be. The largest property may be wrested from a child, but virtue will stand by him to the last.

  2. Henri-Frédéric Amiel:

    Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and life.

  3. Baruch Spinoza:

    Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.

  5. John Adams:

    Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the latent spark... If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?

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