virtue

Virtue is the quality of being morally good. If you're writing a screenplay and you want it to be a real tearjerker, make sure your hero is full of virtue.

The word virtue comes from the Latin root vir, for man. At first virtue meant manliness or valor, but over time it settled into the sense of moral excellence. Virtue can also mean excellence in general. One of your virtues might be your generous willingness to help out your friends. The phrase by virtue of means "as a result of" or "by authority of." You will achieve success by virtue of hard work (or by virtue of inside connections).

Definitions of virtue
  1. noun
    the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
    synonyms: moral excellence, virtuousness
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    type of:
    good, goodness
    moral excellence or admirableness
  2. noun
    a particular moral excellence
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    types:
    cardinal virtue
    one of the seven preeminent virtues
    natural virtue
    (scholasticism) one of the four virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) derived from nature
    supernatural virtue, theological virtue
    according to Christian ethics: one of the three virtues (faith, hope, and charity) created by God to round out the natural virtues
    type of:
    good, goodness
    moral excellence or admirableness
  3. noun
    any admirable quality or attribute
    synonyms: merit
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    Antonyms:
    demerit, fault
    a quality or feature deserving censure
    type of:
    worth
    the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
  4. noun
    morality with respect to sexual relations
    synonyms: chastity, sexual morality
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    types:
    honor, honour, pureness, purity
    a woman's virtue or chastity
    type of:
    morality
    concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
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