vertu


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ver·tu

 (vər-to͞o′)
n.
Variant of virtu.

vertu

(vɜːˈtuː)
n
(Art Terms) a variant spelling of virtu

vir•tu

or ver•tu

(vərˈtu, ˈvɜr tu)

n.
1. excellence or merit in objects of art, curios, and the like.
2. (used with a pl. v.) such objects or articles collectively.
3. a taste for such objects.
[1715–25; < Italian virtù, vertù virtue]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vertu - love of or taste for fine objects of artvertu - love of or taste for fine objects of art
appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste - delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values); "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
2.vertu - artistic qualityvertu - artistic quality      
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
References in classic literature ?
Now, when with royal Tranquo I visited this wondrous whale, and saw the skull an altar, and the artificial smoke ascending from where the real jet had issued, I marvelled that the king should regard a chapel as an object of vertu.
The more drawers and closets there were, the more hiding-holes could Dinah make for the accommodation of old rags, hair-combs, old shoes, ribbons, cast-off artificial flowers, and other articles of vertu, wherein her soul delighted.
But for thee I had persisted happie, had not thy pride And wandring vanitie, when lest was safe, Rejected my forewarning, and disdain'd Not to be trusted, longing to be seen Though by the Devil himself, him overweening To over-reach, but with the Serpent meeting Fool'd and beguil'd, by him thou, I by thee, To trust thee from my side, imagin'd wise, Constant, mature, proof against all assaults, And understood not all was but a shew Rather then solid vertu, all but a Rib Crooked by nature, bent, as now appears, More to the part sinister from me drawn, Well if thrown out, as supernumerarie To my just number found.
Hunsden himself is a polite man in his own house: he has, when he chooses to employ it, an inexhaustible power of entertaining guests; his very mansion too is interesting, the rooms look storied, the passages legendary, the low-ceiled chambers, with their long rows of diamond-paned lattices, have an old-world, haunted air: in his travels he hall collected stores of articles of VERTU, which are well and tastefully disposed in his panelled or tapestried rooms: I have seen there one or two pictures, and one or two pieces of statuary which many an aristocratic connoisseur might have envied.
She showed me her fat French poodle, that lay curled up on a silk cushion, and the two fine Italian paintings: which, however, she would not give me time to examine, but, saying I must look at them some other day, insisted upon my admiring the little jewelled watch she had purchased in Geneva; and then she took me round the room to point out sundry articles of vertu she had brought from Italy: an elegant little timepiece, and several busts, small graceful figures, and vases, all beautifully carved in white marble.
Jones, who was never backward on any occasion to help the distressed, immediately ran down-stairs; when stepping into the dining-room, whence all the noise issued, he beheld the young gentleman of wisdom and vertu just before mentioned, pinned close to the wall by his footman, and a young woman standing by, wringing her hands, and crying out, "He will be murdered
GATESHEAD-BASED motor retailing group Vertu has acquired a niche business supplying parts online in a deal worth PS2.
FOLLOWING the Eagles' triumphant 2014/2015 season, three North East Vertu Honda dealerships have agreed to renew their support for Newcastle's basketball team.
Vertu Motors plc (which trades under the Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Vertu Honda, Vertu Volkswagen and Farnell Land Rover brands) was formed in 2006 to acquire and consolidate UK motor retail businesses.
With its continuous pixel adaptation and adjustment to ambient light conditions, Assertive Display brings content to life on Vertu phones
Vertu, the British manufacturer and retailer of luxury phones, has partnered with Bentley Motors, the luxury automaker, to make luxury handsets.
Altair announced today that world-renowned English luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu has invested in and deployed Altair s complete range of technology and services through the company s new HyperWorks Unlimited (HWUL) appliance.