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cardinal virtue Syllabification: car·di·nal vir·tue
Pronunciation: /ˈkärdnəl ˈvərCHo͞o/

Definition of cardinal virtue in English:

noun

Each of the chief natural virtues of justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude, as defined by Plato and Aristotle and adopted by the Church Fathers. Compare with theological virtue.
Example sentences
  • One of the author's most helpful analyses is based on the four cardinal virtues of prudence, fortitude, justice and temperance.
  • John L. Frank said, ‘I remember Ernest once teaching us that the Christian virtue par excellence was not a theological virtue like faith, hope, or charity, nor was it a cardinal virtue like fortitude, temperance, justice, or prudence.’
  • That it had a central position in every ethical action he demonstrated by appealing to the cardinal virtues of justice, prudence, self-control, and courage.

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