Definition of Virtue

1. Noun. The quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.

Exact synonyms: Moral Excellence, Virtuousness
Generic synonyms: Good, Goodness
Derivative terms: Virtuous, Virtuous

2. Noun. Any admirable quality or attribute. "Work of great merit"
Exact synonyms: Merit
Generic synonyms: Worth
Antonyms: Demerit

3. Noun. Morality with respect to sexual relations.
Exact synonyms: Chastity, Sexual Morality
Generic synonyms: Morality
Specialized synonyms: Honor, Honour, Pureness, Purity
Attributes: Chaste, Unchaste
Derivative terms: Chaste, Virtuous

4. Noun. A particular moral excellence.
Specialized synonyms: Cardinal Virtue
Generic synonyms: Good, Goodness
Derivative terms: Virtuous

Definition of Virtue

1. n. Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor.

2. n. Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor.

Definition of Virtue

1. Noun. (obsolete) The inherent power of a god, or other supernatural being. (defdate 13th-19th c.) ¹

2. Noun. The inherent power or efficacy of something (qualifier now only in phrases). (defdate from 13th c.) ¹

3. Noun. Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct. (defdate from 13th c.) ¹

4. Noun. A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality. (defdate from 13th c.) ¹

5. Noun. Specifically, each of several qualities held to be particularly important, including the four cardinal virtues, the three theological virtues, or the seven virtues opposed to the seven deadly sins. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

6. Noun. An inherently advantageous or excellent quality of something or someone; a favourable point, an advantage. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

7. Noun. A creature embodying divine power, specifically one of the orders of heavenly beings, traditionally ranked above angels and below archangels. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

8. Noun. Specifically, moral conduct in sexual behaviour, especially of women; chastity. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Virtue

1. moral excellence [n -S]

Medical Definition of Virtue

1. 1. Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor. "Built too strong For force or virtue ever to expugn." (Chapman) 2. Active quality or power; capacity or power adequate to the production of a given effect; energy; strength; potency; efficacy; as, the virtue of a medicine. "Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about." (Mark v. 30) "A man was driven to depend for his security against misunderstanding, upon the pure virtue of his syntax." (De Quincey) "The virtue of his midnight agony." (Keble) 3. Energy or influence operating without contact of the material or sensible substance. "She moves the body which she doth possess, yet no part toucheth, but by virtue's touch." (Sir. J. Davies) 4. Excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth. "I made virtue of necessity." (Chaucer) "In the Greek poets, . . . The economy of poems is better observed than in Terence, who thought the sole grace and virtue of their fable the sticking in of sentences." (B. Jonson) 5. Specifically, moral excellence; integrity of character; purity of soul; performance of duty. "Virtue only makes our bliss below." (Pope) "If there's Power above us, And that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works, he must delight in virtue." (Addison) 6. A particular moral excellence; as, the virtue of temperance, of charity, etc. "The very virtue of compassion." . "Remember all his virtues." . 7. Specifically: Chastity; purity; especially, the chastity of women; virginity. "H. I believe the girl has virtue. M. And if she has, I should be the last man in the world to attempt to corrupt it." (Goldsmith) 8. One of the orders of the celestial hierarchy. "Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers." (Milton) Cardinal virtues. See Cardinal, In, or By, virtue of, through the force of; by authority of. "He used to travel through Greece by virtue of this fable, which procured him reception in all the towns." . "This they shall attain, partly in virtue of the promise made by God, and partly in virtue of piety." . Theological virtues, the three virtues, faith, hope, and charity. See . Origin: OE. Vertu, F. Vertu, L. Virtus strength, courage, excellence, virtue, fr. Vir a man. See Virile, and cf. Virtu. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Virtue

virtue is its own reward
virtue name

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