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

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    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. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    What makes a man heavy is the gravity of virtue. Without it, man will be so light that he will be drifted in the winds of immorality.

  2. Churchill:

    The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

  3. Cornelius Tacitus:

    In stirring up tumult and strife, the worst men can do the most, but peace and quiet cannot be established without virtue.

  4. John Selden:

    Humility is a virtue all preach, none practise, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.

  5. Erik H. Erikson:

    Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.

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