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virtue Saltos de línea: vir¦tue
Pronunciación: /vəːtʃuː/

Definición de virtue en inglés:


1 [mass noun] Behaviour showing high moral standards: paragons of virtue
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • 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.
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
1.1 [count noun] A quality considered morally good or desirable in a person: patience is a virtue
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • 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.
good point, good quality, strong point, strong suit, long suit, asset, forte, attribute, advantage, benefit, strength, talent
informal plus
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 silence
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • 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.
merit, advantage, benefit, usefulness, efficacy, efficaciousness, power, potency, force, strength
1.3 [mass noun] archaic Virginity or chastity, especially of a woman.
2 (virtues) (In traditional Christian angelology) the seventh-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • 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 impartial
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • 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.
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).
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • 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’.


Oraciones de ejemplo
  • 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'.

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