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cardinal virtue

noun

Definition of cardinal virtue

  1. 1 :  one of the four classically defined natural virtues prudence, justice, temperance, or fortitude

  2. 2 :  a quality designated as a major virtue



Examples of cardinal virtue

  1. <the cardinal virtue of wool is that it retains its insulating properties even when wet>



14th Century

First Known Use of cardinal virtue

14th century


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