Definition of virtu in English:

virtu

Syllabification: vir·tu
Pronunciation: /vərˈto͞o
 
/
(also vertu)

noun

1.1Curios or objets d’art collectively.
2 literary The good qualities inherent in a person or thing.
More example sentences
  • Even in a civil republic, leaders would emerge who had the quality of virtu, who could negotiate with fortune, and who understood political necessity.
  • He singles out two essential methods of organizing home affairs in such a way as to instil the quality of virtu in the whole body of the citizens.
  • Cavendish is appropriating Machiavellian virtu as a female as well as male quality.

Origin

early 18th century: from Italian virtù 'virtue'; the variant vertu is an alteration, as if from French.

Phrases

article (or object) of virtu

An article that is interesting because of its antiquity, beauty, quality of workmanship, etc.
More example sentences
  • Here he assembled a large but indifferent collection of objects of virtu, prints, and curiosities, several of which were purchased in Italy by Mann, which attracted fashionable attention.
  • These may be divided into three sometimes overlapping categories: relics, souvenirs, and objects of (sometimes easy) virtu.
  • The paintings hung in a small cabinet in which were also located a number of antiquities and objets de vertu, in a heterogeneous arrangement like that of a wonder collection.

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