theological virtue


: one of the three spiritual graces faith, hope, and charity drawing the soul to God according to scholastic theology

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The partridge in a pear tree is said to represent Jesus; the two turtle doves are supposedly The Old and New Testaments; the three French hens are purportedly Faith, Hope, and Charity, the theological virtues, and so on. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 20 Nov. 2019 The 3 French hens are Faith, Hope, and Charity, the theological virtues. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, 30 Sep. 2019 The way to avoid these wrong paths, says Francis, is by reminding ourselves of the primacy of the theological virtues, the center of which is charity. Thomas Reese, Houston Chronicle, 12 May 2018 Then the church turned demographic fact into theological virtue by embracing urban advocacy and racial justice. Marc Tracy, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2018 In September’s quake, the cathedral escaped major damage, but authorities said a statue of Hope (the theological virtue) was toppled from its spot on the clock tower. Christopher Reynolds,, 18 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of theological virtue was in 1526

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Cite this Entry

“Theological virtue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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