What does virtue mean?

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ˈvɜr tʃuvirtue

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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

Wiktionary

  1. virtue(Noun)

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

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

  2. virtue(Noun)

    The inherent power or efficacy of something .

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

  3. virtue(Noun)

    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. virtue(Noun)

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

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

  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.

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

  6. virtue(Noun)

    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. virtue(Noun)

    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. virtue(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Virtue(noun)

    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. 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

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

  3. Virtue(noun)

    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. Virtue(noun)

    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. Virtue(noun)

    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. Virtue(noun)

    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. Virtue(noun)

    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. Virtue(noun)

    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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  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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How to say virtue in sign language?

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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. Ludwig van Beethoven:

    Recommend to your children virtue that alone can make them happy, not gold.

  2. John Dryden:

    Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.

  3. George Bernard Shaw:

    The love of money is the root of all virtue.

  4. Michael Hayden:

    There is some virtue in a superpower having some continuity in its foreign policy.

  5. Hosea Ballou:

    Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.

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