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Definitions of virtue

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

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. All virtue could not yet have been bred out of them, then. – The Tree of Life by Catherine Lucille Moore
  6. Virtue hesitated a moment. – Among Malay Pirates And Other Tales Of Adventure And Peril by G. A. Henty
  7. It isn't a pretty story to tell; it's only virtue is its brevity. – 'Firebrand' Trevison by Charles Alden Seltzer
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Their virtue paralyzed the treason of the only traitor in the American army. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  12. 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
  13. However, content is no virtue that I can see, while there's anything to mend. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  14. 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
  15. " It isn't virtue said Honora. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. Now, Corny, you shall learn the virtue there is in a compass. – Satanstoe by James Fenimore Cooper
  17. 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
  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. 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
  20. 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
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