noun vir·tue \ˈvər-(ˌ)chü\

: morally good behavior or character

: a good and moral quality

: the good result that comes from something

Full Definition of VIRTUE

a :  conformity to a standard of right :  morality
b :  a particular moral excellence
plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy
:  a beneficial quality or power of a thing
:  manly strength or courage :  valor
:  a commendable quality or trait :  merit
:  a capacity to act :  potency
:  chastity especially in a woman
vir·tue·less \-(ˌ)chü-ləs\ adjective
by virtue of or in virtue of
:  through the force of :  by authority of

Examples of VIRTUE

  1. <the virtue of wool as a clothing material is that it can provide insulation from the cold even when wet>
  2. <a lady of honor and virtue>
  3. He led me across the concrete floor, through a concrete warehouse, and to the concrete screening room, where he began to extol the virtue and beauty of his eleven-mile-long sewage interceptor. —Frederick Kaufman, Harper's, February 2008

Origin of VIRTUE

Middle English vertu, virtu, from Anglo-French, from Latin virtut-, virtus strength, manliness, virtue, from vir man — more at virile
First Known Use: 13th century


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