cardinal virtue


Definition of cardinal virtue

1 : one of the four classically defined natural virtues prudence, justice, temperance, or fortitude
2 : a quality designated as a major virtue

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the cardinal virtue of wool is that it retains its insulating properties even when wet
Recent Examples on the Web Doubt is a cardinal virtue in the sciences, which advance through skeptics’ willingness to question the experts. Washington Post, "A top scientist questioned virus lockdowns on Fox News. The backlash was fierce.," 16 Dec. 2020 Breaching tennis’ cardinal virtues of self-sufficiency and autonomy, the coach begins by telling this emotional woman to calm down. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Did David Ferrer’s Davis Cup Triumph Doom ITF Proposal for Revamp?," 11 Apr. 2018 Dialogue is one of their cardinal virtues, and most seemed determined to give Trump a hearing. Time, "'America No Longer Matters.' Davos Isn't Worried About President Trump," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cardinal virtue

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cardinal virtue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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