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vir·tue

 (vûr′cho͞o)
n.
1.
a. Moral excellence and righteousness; goodness.
b. An example or kind of moral excellence: the virtue of patience.
2. Archaic Chastity, especially in a woman.
3. A particularly efficacious, good, or beneficial quality; advantage: a plan with the virtue of being practical.
4. Effective force or power: believed in the virtue of prayer.
5. virtues Christianity The fifth of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology.
6. Obsolete Manly courage; valor.
Idiom:
by/in virtue of
On the grounds or basis of; by reason of: well-off by virtue of a large inheritance.

[Middle English vertu, from Old French, from Latin virtūs, manliness, excellence, goodness, from vir, man; see wī-ro- in Indo-European roots.]

virtue

(ˈvɜːtjuː; -tʃuː)
n
1. the quality or practice of moral excellence or righteousness
2. a particular moral excellence: the virtue of tolerance.
3. (Theology) any of the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) or theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity)
4. any admirable quality, feature, or trait
5. chastity, esp in women
6. archaic an effective, active, or inherent power or force
7. by virtue of in virtue of on account of or by reason of
8. make a virtue of necessity to acquiesce in doing something unpleasant with a show of grace because one must do it in any case
[C13: vertu, from Old French, from Latin virtūs manliness, courage, from vir man]
ˈvirtueless adj

vir•tue

(ˈvɜr tʃu)

n.
1. conformity of one's life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; moral excellence; rectitude.
2. a particular moral excellence.
3. chastity; virginity: to lose one's virtue.
4. a good or admirable quality or property.
5. effective force; power or potency.
6. virtues, an order of angels. Compare angel (def. 1).
7. manly excellence; valor.
Idioms:
1. by or in virtue of, by reason of; because of.
2. make a virtue of necessity, to make the best of a difficult or unsatisfactory situation.
[1175–1225; vertu < Old French < Latin virtūtem, acc. of virtūs desirable male qualities, worth, virtue =vir man (seen virile) + -tūs abstract n. suffix]
syn: See goodness.

Virtue

 

See Also: ACCOMPLISHMENT, MORALITY, PURITY

  1. Admirable as the rabbit that lets a tortoise win the race —Mike Sommer
  2. Chaste as ice —William Shakespeare
  3. Chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats —Nathaniel Hawthorne
  4. Good as a mother —Vicki Baum
  5. Hanging on to his virtue like a thief to his loot —Paige Mitchell
  6. Like gentle streams beneath our feet innocence and virtue meet —William Blake

    See Also: INNOCENCE

  7. Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior —Juvenal
  8. Piety is like garlic. A little goes a long way —Rita Mae Brown
  9. Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world —Samuel Butler

    Butler’s comparison continues as follows: “A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal.”

  10. Rich in virtue, like an infant —Lao Tzu
  11. True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes —Lord Halifax
  12. Virginal as Eve before she knew Adam —Anon
  13. Virgins are bores … like people with overpriced houses —Thomas McGuane
  14. Virtue and learning, like gold, have their intrinsic value; but if they are not polished, they certainly lose a great deal of their luster; and even polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold —Lord Chesterfield

    See Also: EDUCATION

  15. Virtue is a kind of health, beauty and good habit of the soul —Plato
  16. A virtue is like a city set upon a hill, it cannot be hid —Robert Hichens
  17. Virtue is like an enemy avoided —Dante Alighieri
  18. Virtue is like a polar star, which keeps its place, and all stars turn towards it —Confucius
  19. Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set —Francis Bacon
  20. Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man —Thomas Carlyle
  21. Virtue is like precious odors —most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed —Francis Bacon
  22. Virtue lies like the gold in quartz; there is not very much of it and much pain has to be spent on the extracting of it —Jerome K. Jerome
  23. Virtue, like a strong and hardy plant, takes root in any place, if she finds there a generous nature and a spirit that shuns no labor —Plutarch
  24. Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed —William Shenstone
  25. Virtuous as convict in the death house —H. L. Mencken
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.virtue - the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrongvirtue - the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
good, goodness - moral excellence or admirableness; "there is much good to be found in people"
2.virtue - any admirable quality or attributevirtue - any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
worth - the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
3.virtue - morality with respect to sexual relationsvirtue - morality with respect to sexual relations
morality - concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
pureness, purity, honor, honour - a woman's virtue or chastity
4.virtue - a particular moral excellencevirtue - a particular moral excellence  
cardinal virtue - one of the seven preeminent virtues
good, goodness - moral excellence or admirableness; "there is much good to be found in people"

virtue

noun
2. merit, strength, asset, plus (informal), attribute, good quality, good point, strong point His chief virtue is patience.
merit failing, drawback, shortcoming, frailty, weak point
3. advantage, benefit, merit, credit, usefulness, efficacy There is no virtue in overexercising.
4. chastity, honour, virginity, innocence, purity, maidenhood, chasteness His many attempts on her virtue were all unavailing.
chastity promiscuity, unchastity
by virtue of because of, in view of, on account of, based on, thanks to, as a result of, owing to, by reason of, by dint of Mr Olaechea has British residency by virtue of his marriage.
Quotations
"Virtue is the fount whence honour springs" [Christopher Marlowe Tamburlaine the Great]
"Virtue is its own reward" [Cicero De Finibus]
"Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set" [Francis Bacon Essays]
"For 'tis some virtue, virtue to commend" [William Congreve]
"Virtue could see to do what Virtue would"
"By her own radiant light, though sun and moon"
"Were in the flat sea sunk" [John Milton Comus]
"Against the threats"
"Of malice or of sorcery, or that power"
"Which erring men call chance, this I hold firm,"
"Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt,"
"Surprised by unjust force, but not enthralled" [John Milton Comus]
"It is queer how it is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster" [Rebecca West There Is No Conversation]
"The weakest of all weak things is a virtue which has not been tested in the fire" [Mark Twain The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg]

virtue

noun
1. The quality or state of being morally sound:
2. The condition of being chaste:
3. A special feature or quality that confers superiority:
4. A level of superiority that is usually high:
Translations
عِفَّه، طَهارَهفَضيلَهميزَه حَسَنَه
ctnostpoctivostvýhoda
dydfordelgod egenskab
avuetuhallitushyve
erényerkölcsi tisztaság
dyggîkosturverîleiki, kostur
dorybėdorybingas
laba rakstura īpašībalabs raksturslabumspriekšrocībatikums
cnosť
vrlina
vrlina
dygd
erdemfazilethasletmeziyetüstünlük avantaj

virtue

[ˈvɜːtjuː] N
1. (= good quality) → virtud f
to extol sb's virtuesalabar or ensalzar las virtudes de algn
to make a virtue of necessityhacer de la necesidad virtud
2. (= advantage) → virtud f, ventaja f
it has the virtue of simplicity or of being simpletiene la virtud or ventaja de ser sencillo
I see no virtue in (doing) thatno veo ninguna ventaja en (hacer) eso
3. (= chastity) → castidad f, honra f
her virtue was in no dangersu castidad or honra no corría peligro
he had designs on her virtueiba a tratar de seducirla
a woman of easy virtueuna mujer de vida alegre, una mujer de moralidad laxa
4. by virtue of; in virtue ofen virtud de, debido a

virtue

[ˈvɜːrtʃuː ˈvɜːrtjuː] n
(= goodness) → vertu f
(= good quality) → vertu f
Humility is considered a virtue → L'humilité est considérée comme une vertu.
(= advantage) → vertu f
by virtue of sth → en vertu de qch

virtue

n
(= moral quality)Tugend f; to make a virtue of necessityaus der Not eine Tugend machen; a life of virtueein tugendhaftes Leben
(= chastity)Keuschheit f, → Tugendhaftigkeit f; a woman of easy virtue (euph)ein leichtes Mädchen
(= advantage, point)Vorteil m; what’s the virtue of that?welchen Vorteil hat das?, wozu ist das gut?; there is no virtue in doing thates scheint nicht sehr zweckmäßig, das zu tun
(= healing power)Heilkraft f; in or by virtue ofaufgrund or auf Grund (+gen); in or by virtue of the authority/power etc vested in mekraft meiner Autorität/Macht etc (form)

virtue

[ˈvɜːtjuː] n (goodness) → virtù f inv; (advantage) → pregio, vantaggio
it has the virtue of simplicity or of being simple → ha il pregio di essere semplice
I see no virtue in doing that → non vedo nessun vantaggio nel farlo
to make a virtue of necessity → fare di necessità virtù
by virtue of → in virtù di, grazie a

virtue

(ˈvəːtʃuː) noun
1. a good moral quality. Honesty is a virtue.
2. a good quality. The house is small, but it has the virtue of being easy to clean.
3. goodness of character etc. She is a person of great virtue.
ˈvirtuous adjective
morally good. She is a virtuous young woman.
ˈvirtuously adverb
ˈvirtuousness noun
References in classic literature ?
And Amy went on with her work, in the proud consciousness of virtue and the successful utterance of two long words in a breath.
There are so many inquisitive people and institutions abounding," said Arobin, "that one is really forced as a matter of convenience these days to assume the virtue of an occupation if he has it not.
I agree with you, Alice, in thinking that such a front and eye were formed rather to intimidate than to deceive; but let us not practice a deception upon ourselves, by expecting any other exhibition of what we esteem virtue than according to the fashion of the savage.
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognised it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
I could only get on at all by taking "nature" into my confidence and my account, by treating my monstrous ordeal as a push in a direction unusual, of course, and unpleasant, but demanding, after all, for a fair front, only another turn of the screw of ordinary human virtue.
Tell me, does the magnetic virtue of the needles of the compasses of all those ships attract them thither?
It does seem to me, that herein we see the rare virtue of a strong individual vitality, and the rare virtue of thick walls, and the rare virtue of interior spaciousness.
So long he had hungered to possess her, but now that the time had come he knew that he had not earned the right; that she trusted him so was all her own simple goodness, and no virtue of his.
Not that there is a particle of virtue in our not having it; but custom with us does what Christianity ought to do,--obliterates the feeling of personal prejudice.
There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.
The man who takes the liberty to live is superior to all the laws, by virtue of his relation to the lawmaker.
You see, yourself, that he can feel shame; it's the only virtue he's got.