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
The Monkees were history’s most famous made-for-TV band, a virtuous counter to ’60s counterculture.
There will be no final judgment in which the virtuous are given power and the wicked are damned.
George Newman and Joshua Knobe, both at Yale University, have found that people typically think humans harbor a true self that is virtuous.
Undying love for the hometown team might be virtuous.
What better way to mess with fan expectations than to leave the ever-virtuous Cap alive, and subvert the entire fan guessing game by killing off Tom Hiddleston’s character instead?
Everyone is more virtuous than you, exercising more than you, running faster than you, rising for more sunrises than you, improving themselves more than you.
But not all countries and peoples share in this virtuous cycle equally.
The creation of a successful drug often leads to a virtuous cycle of further insights into disease mechanisms and the next generation of treatments.
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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
VIRTUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of virtuous for English Language Learners
: morally good : having or showing virtue
VIRTUOUS Defined for Kids
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