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Definitions of virtue

  1.   a particular moral excellence
  2.   Active quality or power; capacity or power adequate to the production of a given effect; energy; strength; potency; efficacy; as, the virtue of a medicine.
  3.   Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor.
  4.   One of the orders of the celestial hierarchy.
  5.   Specifically, moral excellence; integrity of character; purity of soul; performance of duty.
  6.   Any admirable quality.
  7.   That quality possessed by bodies by which they produce effects; efficacy; moral goodness; secret agency; excellence; right conduct; female chastity.
  8.   Power; efficacy; moral excellence; chastity.
  9.   morality with respect to sexual relations
  10.   Excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth.
  11.   Character traits that are considered to be morally praiseworthy. ( Bioethics Thesaurus)
  12.   Specifically: Chastity; purity; especially, the chastity of women; virginity.
  13.   Moral excellence; virtuousness; morality; chastity.
  14.   the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
  15.   Strength or effectiveness; worth; goodness; morality; purity; excellence or merit; a specific kind of goodness, such as temperance or patience.
  16.   Excellence: worth: moral excellence: the practice of duty: a moral excellence: female chastity: purity: strength ( so in B.): force: power: efficacy.
  17.   A particular moral excellence; as, the virtue of temperance, of charity, etc.
  18.   any admirable quality or attribute; " work of great merit"
  19.   1. Power efficacy, said of the quality of an active medicinal substance. 2. Manliness, rectitude; chastity.
  20.   Energy or influence operating without contact of the material or sensible substance.
  21.   Moral goodness; the habitual practice of moral duties; a particular moral excellence; operative power; something efficacious; secret agency; that which constitutes value and merit; efficacy or power; legal efficacy or power; authority; that substance or quality of physical bodies by which they act and produce effects on other bodies; bravery; valour. In virtue, in consequence; by the efficacy or authority.

Quotes of virtue

  1. Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt. – Joseph Addison
  2. What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions. – Aristotle
  3. Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability. – Marcus Aurelius
  4. Humility is a virtue and it is a virtue innate in guests. – Max Beerbohm
  5. If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue – Edmund Burke
  6. In its conception the literature prize belongs to days when a writer could still be thought of as, by virtue of his or her occupation, a sage, someone with no institutional affiliations who could offer an authoritative word on our times as well as on our moral life. – J. M. Coetzee
  7. To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. – Confucius
  8. I was brought up in an era when thrift was still considered a virtue – Paul Getty
  9. Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue – Barry Goldwater
  10. The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized 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. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  11. The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue – David Hume
  12. Psychologically experienced consciousness is therefore no longer pure consciousness; construed Objectively in this way, consciousness itself becomes something transcendent, becomes an event in that spatial world which appears, by virtue of consciousness, to be transcendent. – Edmund Husserl
  13. Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue – John Henry Newman
  14. Often devotion to virtue arises from sated desire. – Adela Florence Nicolson
  15. Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together. – Petrarch

Usage examples for virtue

  1. However, content is no virtue that I can see, while there's anything to mend. ” – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  2. There would be no point to it, for our virtue would never be in any danger unless we half- wished it to be. ” – Possessed by Cleveland Moffett
  3. In the middle of the night she took a couple, and two more in the morning, and as the hours passed they all waited in confidence of the virtue of the medicine to declare itself. ” – Maria Chapdelaine A Tale of the Lake St. John Country by Louis Hemon
  4. He had always felt that he saw a little more clearly than the others the virtue that was in the girl. ” – Turn About Eleanor by Ethel M. Kelley
  5. My wife- you once promised to be my guardian in virtue such you are, and will be. ” – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  6. Had that indeed happened that Mistress Margaret believed- that the very Body and Blood of her own dear Saviour, Jesus Christ, had in virtue of His own clear promise- His own clear promise! ” – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  7. And I have changed his name by virtue of my own single authority. ” – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  8. We may go even further, and say it is the carrying out by virtue of which we grasp the idea. ” – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  9. You are now President of the United States, and by virtue of your office our leader, and we recognize you as such. ” – My Memories of Eighty Years by Chauncey M. Depew
  10. Their virtue paralyzed the treason of the only traitor in the American army. ” – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  11. “ " It isn't virtue said Honora. ” – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  12. Men are sometimes ruined because they aim not at virtue but only at the reputation which it brings. ” – The Jericho Road by W. Bion Adkins
  13. Virtue hesitated a moment. ” – Among Malay Pirates And Other Tales Of Adventure And Peril by G. A. Henty
  14. All virtue could not yet have been bred out of them, then. ” – The Tree of Life by Catherine Lucille Moore
  15. He received his present appointment from the English government about six years ago, and is, by virtue of his office, a member of the council. ” – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  16. It was a relief to him, after a while, as he sat there, to feel they had still a virtue – The Altar of the Dead by Henry James
  17. “ Selvaggia's hair was brown, gold- shot of its own virtue – Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  18. How could we know the virtue of patience if no one had a trial of his patience? ” – Heart Talks by Charles Wesley Naylor
  19. Now, Corny, you shall learn the virtue there is in a compass. ” – Satanstoe by James Fenimore Cooper
  20. It isn't a pretty story to tell; it's only virtue is its brevity. ” – 'Firebrand' Trevison by Charles Alden Seltzer

Idioms for virtue