Examples of virtuous in a Sentence
- In a kind of virtuous circle, the "second tier" schools got better as applications rose and they could become choosier in assembling a class—which in turn raised the quality of the whole experience on campus and made the school more attractive to both topflight professors and the next wave of applicants. —Nancy Gibbs et al., Time, 21 Aug. 2006
- In its quest to create ice cream as voluptuous as butter and as virtuous as broccoli, the ice cream industry has probed the depths of the Arctic Ocean, studied the intimate structures of algae and foisted numerous failures on the American public. —Julia Moskin, New York Times, 26 July 2006
- Children born into high-income households become part of a virtuous circle of success. Parents with university degrees tend to earn more, set higher educational goals for their children, and invest more time in the children's schooling than parents who have a high-school education or less. —Laura D'Andrea Tyson, BusinessWeek, 7 July 2003
- We redefined virtue as health. And considering the probable state of our souls, this was not a bad move. By relocating the seat of virtue from the soul to the pecs, the abs and the coronary arteries, we may not have become the most virtuous people on earth, but we surely became the most desperate for grace. We spend $5 billion a year on our health-club memberships, $2 billion on vitamins, nearly $1 billion on home exercise equipment, and $6 billion on sneakers to wear out on our treadmills and StairMasters. —Barbara Ehrenreich, Utne Reader, May/June 1992
She felt that she had made a virtuous decision by donating the money to charity.
virtuous behavior is its own reward
Recent Examples of virtuous from the Web
Getting political leaders to denounce bad behavior on their own side would require them to let go of the fantasy that their own side is more virtuous, honorable, and well behaved than the other side.
Has Unilever really been socially virtuous while creating lots of value for its owners?
To address this situation in the minds of consumers people need to feel not only safe but socially virtuous, according to researchers.
What is more appalling is that this circling of the wagons to protect the virtuous self-image of white voters is identity politics at its finest.
Wasson notes that Cincinnatus was beheld as an ideal Roman citizen, a hero both virtuous and selfless, regardless if his legend is true.
Conversely, a strong economy can create a virtuous cycle in a community.
Today's teens are more virtuous and responsible, sociologist David Finkelhor has argued.
The result in Mumbai, animal welfare experts say, is a virtuous cycle.
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Synonymsall right, decent, ethical, honest, honorable, just, moral, nice, right, righteous, right-minded, straight, true, upright, good
Antonymsbad, black, dishonest, dishonorable, evil, evil-minded, immoral, indecent, sinful, unethical, unrighteous, wicked, wrong
Related Wordscorrect, decorous, proper, seemly; high-minded, noble, principled; commendable, creditable, exemplary, legitimate; esteemed, law-abiding, menschy, reputable, respected, upstanding, worthy; blameless, clean, guiltless, immaculate, incorrupt (also incorrupted), incorruptible, innocent, inoffensive, irreproachable, unobjectionable; angelic (or angelical), lily-white, pure, scrupulous, spotless, uncorrupted, unerring; goody-goody, moralistic, pharisaical, rectitudinous, sanctimonious, self-righteous
Near Antonymsimproper, incorrect, indecorous, naughty, unbecoming, unseemly; corrupt, debased, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dissolute, libertine, perverted, reprobate; unprincipled, unscrupulous; atrocious, infamous, villainous; base, low, mean, vicious, vile; blameworthy, objectionable, offensive; iniquitous, nefarious; errant, erring, fallen
Synonym Discussion of virtuous
- the basic moral values of a community
- committed to the highest ethical principles
- not a religious person, but virtuous nevertheless
- wished to be righteous before God and the world
- had the noblest of reasons for seeking office
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