What does virtue mean?

Definitions for virtue
ˈvɜr tʃuvirtue

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

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.

Suggested Resources

  1. virtue

    Song lyrics by virtue -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by virtue on the Lyrics.com website.

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.

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

How to pronounce virtue?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say virtue in sign language?

  1. virtue

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. The Hitopadesa:

    Good actions lead to success, as good medicines to a cure: a healthy man is joyful, and a diligent man attains learning; a just man gains the reward of his virtue.

  2. Harriet Martineau:

    Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.

  3. Mark Twain:

    Virtue has never been as respectable as money.

  4. Eugene Edwards:

    If by saying that all men are born free and equal, you mean that they are all equally born; it is true, but true in no other sense; birth, talent, labor, virtue, and providence, are forever making differences.

  5. Kari Stefansson:

    It has always been considered a virtue in our culture to know as much about yourself as possible, i don't think that there is any exception for genetics. We just want to know who we are.

Images & Illustrations of virtue

  1. virtuevirtuevirtuevirtuevirtue

Popularity rank by frequency of use

virtue#1#9875#10000

Translations for virtue

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for virtue »

Translation

Find a translation for the virtue definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these virtue definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "virtue." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 1 Dec. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/virtue>.

    Are we missing a good definition for virtue? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for virtue:


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.