- 1 [mass noun] Behaviour showing high moral standards: paragons of virtueMore example sentences
goodness, virtuousness, righteousness, morality, ethicalness, uprightness, upstandingness, integrity, dignity, rectitude, honesty, honourableness, honourability, honour, incorruptibility, probity, propriety, decency, respectability, nobility, nobility of soul/spirit, nobleness, worthiness, worth, good, trustworthiness, meritoriousness, irreproachableness, blamelessness, purity, pureness, lack of corruption, merit; principles, high principles, ethics
- He notes that vice is punished and virtue rewarded in most of the director's many babelicious films.
- There is no vice and virtue, no moral framework to locate the individual within the cosmic infinity of the universe.
- Some hold that what makes any person fundamentally deserving of good or bad fortune is her level of virtue or moral merit.
- 1.1 [count noun] A quality considered morally good or desirable in a person: patience is a virtueMore example sentences
- This is not a morality based on obedience as a primary virtue, but rather a moral law about how to govern ourselves recognising that we are social individuals.
- For virtue ethics, the problem concerns the question of which character traits are the virtues.
- It emphasizes that patience really is a virtue worth cultivating.
- 1.2 [count noun] A good or useful quality of a thing: Mike was extolling the virtues of the car [mass noun]: there’s no virtue in suffering in silenceMore example sentences
- That sparked the Herald writer to extol the virtues of the car.
- For many years now my bargain-hungry brethren have been extolling the virtues of car boot sales.
- The priest was summoned to give Paddy a dressing down about some mischief he had been getting into and to extol the virtues and benefits of living a good life.
- 2 (virtues) (In traditional Christian angelology) the seventh-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.More example sentences
- It is said that 2 virtues midwived for Eve as she gave birth to Cain.
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 impartialMore example sentences
- 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.
make a virtue of
- Derive benefit or advantage from submitting to (an unwelcome obligation or unavoidable circumstance).More example sentences
- 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’.
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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.
Middle English: from Old French vertu, from Latin virtus 'valour, merit, moral perfection', from vir 'man'.