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vir·tu(vər-to͞o′, vĭr-) also ver·tu (vər-)
1. A knowledge or love of or taste for fine objects of art.
2. Objects of art, especially fine antique objets d'art, considered as a group.
[Italian virtù, virtue, virtu, from Latin virtūs, excellence, virtue; see virtue.]
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1. (Art Terms) a taste or love for curios or works of fine art; connoisseurship
2. (Art Terms) such objects collectively
3. (Art Terms) the quality of being rare, beautiful, or otherwise appealing to a connoisseur (esp in the phrases articles of virtu; objects of virtu)
[C18: from Italian virtù; see virtue]
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or ver•tu(vərˈtu, ˈvɜr tu)
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]
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|Noun||1.||virtu - love of or taste for fine objects of art|
|2.||virtu - artistic quality |
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
|3.||virtu - objet d'art collectively (especially fine antiques)|
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