Examples of virtue in a Sentence
- 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
- Disinterestedness was the most common term the founders used as a synonym for the classical conception of virtue or self-sacrifice; it better conveyed the threats from interests that virtue seemed increasingly to face in the rapidly commercializing eighteenth century. —Gordon S. Wood, Revolutionary Characters, 2006
- It was not only his title that made Poor Richard—and by extension [Benjamin] Franklin—an honorary Frenchman. He may well have devoted a great amount of ink to virtue and order, but he checked those concepts at the door of the beau monde; he made it clear that he was not too good for that world … —Stacy Schiff, A Great Improvisation, 2005
- Nerviness is considered a virtue, a good machine, an energy that builds nations, businesses and dynasties. Handed down from generation to generation, like a caustic strand of DNA, it infects the unhappy, the unfortunate and the unlucky, and turns them into desperate strivers, prepared to do anything to realize their ridiculous ambitions. —David Byrne, The New Sins/Los Nuevos Pecados, 2001
- Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall … —William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, 1605
the virtue of wool as a clothing material is that it can provide insulation from the cold even when wet
a lady of honor and virtue
Recent Examples of virtue from the Web
The virtues of a free press come under attack in another scene, in which a woman dumps a bucket of excrement over the head of a local official, claiming that she has been libeled by a local newspaper.
Prudence, a dying virtue, suggests a wait-and-see attitude toward Mr. Trump’s reversal of the Iran deal.
Different players have different body types, which is one of the great virtues of tennis.
When a 2016 transit study espoused the virtues of bus-only lanes in Everett, that was enough for Mayor Carlo DeMaria to get on board.
And, most importantly for our purposes here—who can doubt the virtue of a gorgeously modest, modestly gorgeous frock?
Celebrating the virtues of equality while ignoring the consequences of inequity has always been the American way.
Some professional investors make a virtue of incessant trading, with a holding period for shares of milliseconds rather than years.
But there is little love to be found for the bland, virtue-signaling style of a Smart car.
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VIRTUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of virtue for English Language Learners
: morally good behavior or character
: a good and moral quality
: the good result that comes from something
VIRTUE Defined for Kids
Definition of virtue for Students
- We were urged to lead lives of virtue.
- Patience is a virtue.
- I learned the virtue of hard work.
- She succeeded by virtue of persistence.
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