vir·​tu | \ ˌvər-ˈtü How to pronounce virtu (audio) , ˌvir-\
variants: or \ ˌvər-​ How to pronounce vertu (audio) , ˌver-​ \

Definition of virtu

1 : a love of or taste for curios or objets d'art
2 : productions of art especially of a curious or antique nature : objets d'art

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Machievelli referred this struggle as virtu (the action) and fortuna (luck or fortune)., "Westworld Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Machiavellian Condundrum," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of virtu

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for virtu

Italian virtù, literally, virtue, from Latin virtut-, virtus

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