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


  1. virtuenoun

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

  2. virtuenoun

    The inherent power or efficacy of something .

  3. virtuenoun

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

  4. virtuenoun

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

  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.

  6. virtuenoun

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

  7. virtuenoun

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

  8. virtuenoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virtuenoun

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

  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

  3. Virtuenoun

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

  4. Virtuenoun

    excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth

  5. Virtuenoun

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

  6. Virtuenoun

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

  7. Virtuenoun

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

  8. Virtuenoun

    one of the orders of the celestial hierarchy

  9. Etymology: [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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  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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  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

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  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. Edward Dahlberg:

    The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotent.

  2. Susan Rice:

    What has happened over the last several weeks by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu two weeks in advance of his election is that on both sides there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think ... it's destructive of the fabric of the relationship.

  3. Allie Beth Stuckey:

    When you elevate victimhood as virtue, you will create a culture in which people are tripping over themselves to be oppressed.

  4. Izaak Walton:

    Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.

  5. George H. W. Bush:

    If we've learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue.

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