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virtue

noun

  1. (virtuousness)  the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
    Synonyms: moral excellence, virtuousness. Type of: goodness
  2. (worth)  any admirable quality or attribute
    Synonyms: merit. Type of: worth
  3. (morality)  morality with respect to sexual relations
    Synonyms: chastity, sexual morality. Type of: morality. Describes: chaste, unchaste
  4. (particular moral excellence)  a particular moral excellence
    Type of: goodness

Etymology summary

"moral life and conduct, moral excellence", vertu, from Anglo-French and Old...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Virtue

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 ... (40 of 5650 words, 3 images)

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Virtue (disambiguation)

a trait valued as being good. Virtue may also refer to: Virtue (musical group), popular Gospel music group | Virtue (film), a 1932 film starring Carole Lombard and Pat O'Brien | The Virtues, an early rock and roll group | Virtue (software), a popular... (41 of 189 words, 16 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

virtue | by virtue of [sense-specific] | make a virtue of necessity [sense-specific] | virtueless [adjective, derived]

the quality or practice of moral excellence or righteousness | a particular moral excellence | any of the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, ... (20 of 684 words, 8 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

virtue | by virtue of | virtues [plural] | valor [synonym, sense-specific] | merit [synonym, sense-specific] | potency [synonym, sense-specific] | morality [synonym, sense-specific] | cardinal virtue [synonym, sense-specific] | distinction [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

conformity to a standard of right; "morality" ; a particular moral excellence | "virtues": an order of angels | a beneficial quality or power of a ... (24 of 410 words, 8 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

virtue [Christianity]

in Christianity, any of the seven virtues selected as being fundamental to Christian ethics. They consist of the four "natural" virtues, those ... (22 of 328 words)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

virtue | virtues [plural] | by virtue of something | make a virtue of something | make a virtue of necessity

[countable] a good quality or habit that a person has, especially a moral ... | [countable] an advantage or a good feature that something has that ... (25 of 235 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

virtue | vertus [French, plural] | vertues [archaic, plural] | virtues [plural] | vertue [archaic, sense-specific] | vice [antonym, sense-specific] | foible [antonym, sense-specific] | chastity [synonym, sense-specific]

[obsolete] The inherent power of a god, or other supernatural being. | The inherent power or efficacy of something (now only in phrases). | [uncountable] Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of... (36 of 215 words, 8 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

virtue | in | virtues | by virtue of | make a virtue of | virtueless [derived]

behaviour showing high moral standards | a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person | a good or useful quality of a thing | [archaic] ... (24 of 168 words, 7 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

virtue

in philosophy, quality of good in human conduct. The cardinal virtues, as presented by Plato, were wisdom (or prudence), courage, temperance, and ... (22 of 124 words)

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Random House Dictionary:

virtue | virtues [sense-specific] | by or in virtue of [sense-specific] | make a virtue of necessity [sense-specific]

moral excellence; goodness; righteousness. | conformity of one's life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude. | chastity; ... (18 of 119 words, 10 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

virtue

general moral excellence; right action and thinking; goodness or morality | a specific moral quality regarded as good or meritorious | chastity, ... (20 of 89 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

virtue | virtues [sense-specific]

Moral excellence and righteousness; goodness. | An example or kind of moral excellence | Chastity, especially in a woman. | A particularly ... (19 of 88 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

virtue [entry 1]

a good moral quality in a person, or the general quality of goodness in people (15 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/virtue 1

virtue [entry 2]

(an) advantage or good thing (5 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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virtue [entry 3, formal] | by virtue of

because of; as a result of (6 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

virtue | virtues [plural]

the quality of being morally good or righteous | a quality that is morally good | a quality that is good or admirable, but not necessarily in terms of ... (27 of 174 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734295​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

virtue

First use: early 13th century

Origin: "moral life and conduct, moral excellence", vertu, from Anglo-French and Old French vertu, from Latin virtutem (nominative ... (20 of 119 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

virtue

Origin: Middle English vertu, from Anglo-Norman vertu, Middle French vertu, from Latin virtus ("manliness, bravery, worth, moral excellence"), from vir ("man"); see virile.

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New World Dictionary:

virtue

Origin: Middle English vertue from Old French vertu, virtue, goodness, power from Latin virtus, manliness, worth from vir, man: see "werewolf"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

virtue

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/virtue

Merriam-Webster:

virtue

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English vertu, virtu, from Anglo-French, from Latin virtut-, virtus strength, manliness, virtue, from vir man

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/virtue

Oxford Dictionary:

virtue | in | virtues

Origin: Middle English: from Old French vertu, from Latin virtus "valour, merit, moral perfection", from vir "man"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/virtue

Collins Dictionary:

virtue

First use: 13th century

Origin: vertu, from Old French, from Latin virtūs manliness, courage, from vir man

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/virtue

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Encarta Dictionary:

virtue | virtues [plural]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Old French vertu from Latin virtus "manliness, excellence, worth" from vir "man, husband"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734295​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

virtue

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Collins Dictionary:

virtue

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

virtue | virtues [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

virtue | virtues [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

virtue [entry 2]

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the Free Dictionary:

virtue

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Google Dictionary:

virtue | virtues [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

virtue

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YourDictionary Audio:

virtue

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freedictionary.org:

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