Definitions of virtue

  1. morality with respect to sexual relations
  2. the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
  3. Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor.
  4. 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.
  5. Energy or influence operating without contact of the material or sensible substance.
  6. Specifically, moral excellence; integrity of character; purity of soul; performance of duty.
  7. A particular moral excellence; as, the virtue of temperance, of charity, etc.
  8. Specifically: Chastity; purity; especially, the chastity of women; virginity.
  9. One of the orders of the celestial hierarchy.
  10. Strength or effectiveness; worth; goodness; morality; purity; excellence or merit; a specific kind of goodness, such as temperance or patience.
  11. Excellence: worth: moral excellence: the practice of duty: a moral excellence: female chastity: purity: strength ( so in B.): force: power: efficacy.
  12. Power; efficacy; moral excellence; chastity.
  13. Any admirable quality.
  14. 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.
  15. That quality possessed by bodies by which they produce effects; efficacy; moral goodness; secret agency; excellence; right conduct; female chastity.