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* vertue (archaic)

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From Middle English _vertu_, from Anglo-Norman _vertu_, Middle French _vertu_, from Latin _virtus_ (“manliness, bravery, worth, moral excellence”), from _vir_ (“man”); see _virile_.

From Middle English vertu, from Anglo-Norman vertu, Middle French vertu, from Latin virtus (manliness, bravery, worth, moral excellence), from vir (man); see virile.

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* (UK) IPA(key): /ˈvəː.tjuː/, /ˈvəː.tʃuː/

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈvəː.tjuː/, /ˈvəː.tʃuː/

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VIRTUE (_countable and uncountable_, _plural_ VIRTUES) * (obsolete) The inherent power of a god, or other supernatural being. [13th-19th c.] * The inherent power or efficacy of something (now only in phrases). [from 13th c.] * 2011, "The autumn of the patriarchs", _The Economist_, 17 Feb 2011: many Egyptians still worry that the Brotherhood, by VIRTUE of discipline and experience, would hold an unfair advantage if elections were held too soon. * (uncountable) Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct. [from 13th c.] * 1749, Henry Fielding, _Tom Jones_, XV.1: There are a set of religious, or rather moral, writers, who teach that VIRTUE is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery, in this world. * A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality. [from 13th c.] * 1766, Laurence Sterne, _Sermon_ XLIV: Some men are modest, and seem to take pains to hide their VIRTUES; and, from a natural distance and reserve in their tempers, scarce suffer their good qualities to be known [...]. * 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. [from 14th c.] * 1813, John Fleetwood, _The Life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ_: The divine VIRTUES of truth and equity are the only bands of friendship, the only supports of society. * An inherently advantageous or excellent quality of something or someone; a favourable point, an advantage. [from 14th c.] * 1719, Daniel Defoe, _Robinson Crusoe_: There were divers other plants, which I had no notion of or understanding about, that might, perhaps, have VIRTUES of their own, which I could not find out. * 2011, _The Guardian_, Letter, 14 Mar 2011 One VIRTUE of the present coalition government's attack on access to education could be to reopen the questions raised so pertinently by Robinson in the 1960s [...]. * A creature embodying divine power, specifically one of the orders of heavenly beings, traditionally ranked above angels and below archangels. [from 14th c.] * 1667, John Milton, _Paradise Lost_, Book X: Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, VIRTUES, Powers; / For in possession such, not only of right, / I call ye, and declare ye now [...]. * (uncountable) Specifically, moral conduct in sexual behaviour, especially of women; chastity. [from 17th c.] * 1813, Jane Austen, _Pride and Prejudice_: though she did not suppose Lydia to be deliberately engaging in an elopement without the intention of marriage, she had no difficulty in believing that neither her VIRTUE nor her understanding would preserve her from falling an easy prey. SYNONYMS * douth ANTONYMS * (excellence in morals): vice * foible DERIVED TERMS * virtuous * make a virtue of necessity * patience is a virtue * in virtue of, by virtue of RELATED TERMS SEE ALSO * aretaic * paragon TRANSLATIONS EXTERNAL LINKS * virtue in _Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary_, G. & C. Merriam, 1913 * virtue in _The Century Dictionary_, The Century Co., New York, 1911

virtue (countable and uncountable, plural virtues)

  1. (obsolete) The inherent power of a god, or other supernatural being. [13th-19th c.]
  2. The inherent power or efficacy of something (now only in phrases). [from 13th c.]
  3. (uncountable) Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct. [from 13th c.]
  4. A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality. [from 13th c.]
  5. 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. [from 14th c.]
  6. An inherently advantageous or excellent quality of something or someone; a favourable point, an advantage. [from 14th c.]
  7. A creature embodying divine power, specifically one of the orders of heavenly beings, traditionally ranked above angels and below archangels. [from 14th c.]
  8. (uncountable) Specifically, moral conduct in sexual behaviour, especially of women; chastity. [from 17th c.]

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