cardinal virtue

noun
Updated on: 17 Feb 2018

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

Examples of cardinal virtue in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of cardinal virtue

14th century

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