Definition of virtue in English:

virtue

Line breaks: vir¦tue
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːtjuː
 
, -tʃuː/

noun

  • 2 (virtues) (In traditional Christian angelology) the seventh-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
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    • It is said that 2 virtues midwived for Eve as she gave birth to Cain.

Phrases

by (or in) virtue of

Because or as a result of: they achieved pre-eminence by virtue of superior military strength in virtue of his position he was impartial
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  • If they are killed, they are at any rate killed in virtue of what they are doing.
  • We felt kinda out of place here by virtue of not wearing polished shoes, smart pants and a designer shirt.
  • The 64 runs that took him to 103 came by virtue of 14 fours and a six and a six and two singles.
Synonyms
because of, on account of, by reason of, by dint of, by means of, by way of, via, through, as a result of, as a consequence of, on the strength of, owing to, thanks to, due to, based on; with the help of, with the aid of, with the assistance of

make a virtue of

Derive benefit or advantage from submitting to (an unwelcome obligation or unavoidable circumstance).
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  • I know it's all just ‘a conspiracy of cartographers’ but why make a virtue of furiously stating the obvious?
  • I'm almost making a virtue of the fact I am a simple person, although at the same time I have a yacht and a convertible Mercedes.
  • ‘Therapy breeds mistrust, treating private life and relationships between people with suspicion, and making a virtue of estrangement’.

Derivatives

virtueless

adjective
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  • Unfortunate and virtueless people are unable to hear even the name of the Three Treasures, let alone take refuge in them.
  • The power of the heart, already grown virtueless and thin, distills poisonous clammy vapours which emerge from the head.
  • The architecture of Palladio is wholly virtueless and despicable.

Origin

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

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