Associations to the word «Virtue»


VIRTUE, noun. (obsolete) The inherent power of a god, or other supernatural being. [13th-19th c.]
VIRTUE, noun. The inherent power or efficacy of something (now only in phrases). [from 13th c.]
VIRTUE, noun. (uncountable) Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct. [from 13th c.]
VIRTUE, noun. A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality. [from 13th c.]
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. [from 14th c.]
VIRTUE, noun. An inherently advantageous or excellent quality of something or someone; a favourable point, an advantage. [from 14th c.]
VIRTUE, noun. A creature embodying divine power, specifically one of the orders of heavenly beings, traditionally ranked above angels and below archangels. [from 14th c.]
VIRTUE, noun. (uncountable) Specifically, moral conduct in sexual behaviour, especially of women; chastity. [from 17th c.]
VIRTUE ETHICS, noun. One of the three major approaches to normative ethics, emphasizing the role of one's character and the virtues that one's character embodies for determining or evaluating ethical behavior.
VIRTUE NAME, noun. A Puritan given name, such as Hope or Charity, derived from one of the Christian virtues

Dictionary definition

VIRTUE, noun. The quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.
VIRTUE, noun. Any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit".
VIRTUE, noun. Morality with respect to sexual relations.
VIRTUE, noun. A particular moral excellence.

Wise words

There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.