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
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n the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong

Synonyms:
moral excellence, virtuousness
Type of:
good, goodness
moral excellence or admirableness

n a particular moral excellence

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

n any admirable quality or attribute

Synonyms:
merit
Antonyms:
demerit, fault
a quality or feature deserving censure
Type of:
worth
the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful

n morality with respect to sexual relations

Synonyms:
chastity, sexual morality
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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