• WordNet 3.6
    • n virtue the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
    • n virtue a particular moral excellence
    • n virtue morality with respect to sexual relations
    • n virtue any admirable quality or attribute "work of great merit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Christian theology there are nine choirs of angels. From highest to lowest, they are: seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, virtues, powers, principalities, archangels, and angels.
    • Virtue A particular moral excellence; as, the virtue of temperance, of charity, etc. "The very virtue of compassion.""Remember all his virtues ."
    • Virtue 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.""A man was driven to depend for his security against misunderstanding, upon the pure virtue of his syntax.""The virtue of his midnight agony."
    • Virtue 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."
    • Virtue Excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth. "I made virtue of necessity.""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."
    • Virtue Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor. "Built too strong
      For force or virtue ever to expugn."
    • Virtue One of the orders of the celestial hierarchy. "Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues , powers."
    • Virtue Specifically, moral excellence; integrity of character; purity of soul; performance of duty. "Virtue only makes our bliss below.""If there's Power above us,
      And that there is all nature cries aloud
      Through all her works, he must delight in virtue ."
    • Virtue 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."
    • n virtue Manly spirit; bravery; valor; daring; courage.
    • n virtue Moral goodness; the practice of moral duties and the conformity of life and conversation to the moral law; uprightness; rectitude; morality: the opposite of vice.
    • n virtue A particular moral excellence: as, the virtue of temperance or of charity.
    • n virtue Specifically, female purity; chastity.
    • n virtue Any good quality, merit, or admirable faculty.
    • n virtue An inherent power; a property capable of producing certain effects; strength; force; potency; efficacy; influence, especially active influence, and often medicinal efficacy.
    • n virtue One of the orders of the celestial hierarchy. The virtues are often represented in art as angels in complete armor, bearing pennons and battle-axes.
    • n virtue A mighty work; a miracle.
    • n virtue Synonyms Morals, Ethics, etc. (see morality); probity, integrity, rectitude, worth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The seven virtues are prudence, courage, temperance, justice, faith, hope and charity.
    • n Virtue vėr′tu excellence: worth: moral excellence: the practice of duty: a moral excellence: sexual purity, esp. female chastity: purity:
    • n Virtue vėr′tu (B.) strength: force: inherent power, efficacy: one of the orders of the celestial hierarchy
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Consistency is the foundation of virtue.”
  • William Butler Yeats
    “Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.”
  • Iba Ezra
    Iba Ezra
    “Love blinds us to faults, but hatred blinds us to virtues.”
  • Edward Everett
    Edward Everett
    “There is no sanctuary of virtue like home.”
  • Dante Alighieri
    “Consider your breed; you were not made to live like beasts, but to follow virtue and knowledge.”
  • Adam Smith
    “Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.”


Make a virtue out of necessity - If you make a virtue out of necessity, you make the best of a difficult or unsatisfactory situation.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vertu, F. vertu, L. virtus, strength, courage, excellence, virtue, fr. vir, a man. See Virile, and cf. Virtu
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. virtus, bravery, moral excellence—vir, a man; cf. Gr. hērōs, Sans. vira, a hero.


In literature:

I hate when vice can bolt her arguments 760 And virtue has no tongue to check her pride.
"Milton's Comus" by John Milton
It is no virtue, and if it does not support virtue, it is a vice.
"Serbia in Light and Darkness" by Nikolaj Velimirovic
With such thoughts they cannot well bear the scrutiny of virtue.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Wondrous indeed is the virtue of a true Book.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Heaven may smile on us some day, and give us enough to live a life of virtue and love.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
There is the virtue of energy and command, there is the virtue of humility and patient suffering.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
Life is more than a trial of virtue, more a scene of temptation.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
He was one of the few men who understood the exceeding great virtues of second editions.
"The Bibliotaph" by Leon H. Vincent
He who has lost all but retains his courage, cheerfulness, hope, virtue, and self-respect, is a true gentleman, and is rich still.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume III (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland I" by Francis W. Halsey
So that while I wait here, my virtue of patience is greater than that of these accursed Jews.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
And the virtue is irresistible.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
Yes, you must; they will set off my many virtues.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
The virtues of his brow are the virtues of the brow of Thoumen.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
They reward virtue and punish vice.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Never did virtue appear in more enchanting features.
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
They are the April of virtue with no September following.
"The Book of This and That" by Robert Lynd
He who becomes her husband by virtue of the marriage contract, has never possessed her love.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
To define virtue as the knowledge of virtue is to think in a circle, and gets us no further in the enquiry what virtue is.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Blessedness, hence, is not the reward of virtue, but virtue itself.
"A History of Philosophy in Epitome" by Albert Schwegler

In poetry:

Everywhere His power is known,
Everywhere He reigns alone;
And when He, our God, is near,
Virtue can have naught to fear.
"Morning Hymn" by John Bowring
May virtue grace your infant mind,
As nature doth your frame;
From powers above that changeth not,
But evermore the same.
"Lines On A Gentleman's Son" by Susannah Hawkins
Then behind the clouds of evening,
Shaded all those pleasures lie:
Virtue only, ever brilliant,
Can illume an evening sky.
"An Effusion" by Elizabeth Bath
Her heart a little sacred shrine,
Where all the Virtues meet,
And holy Hope and Faith divine
Had claim'd it for their seat.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
If men shall see my virtue shine,
And spread my name abroad,
Thine is the power, the praise is thine,
My Savior and my God!
"Hymn 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
O ye, who taught me first to know
Bright virtue's sacred flame,
To whom far more than life I owe,
Who more than duty claim.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler

In news:

In his diaries, edited by Davison (co-editor of Orwell's Complete Works), you see those two virtues coming into formation.
Virtue Under Fire Part II with Karl Bernhardsen at 5:30 PM.
I've spend more than a few columns in the past extolling the virtues of Category 5 premise/data cables.
Replaceable engine one of Hellcat's virtues.
Eleven horseshoe hopefuls braved the wrath of Tropical Storm Fay on Saturday, Aug 23, and three of them moved into the morning's playoff round by virtue of their undefeated pool play.
Forget pastoral scenes extolling the virtues of the American countryside.
Tenacity is her signature virtue.
Patience a virtue for Colorado Rapids' Joseph Nane .
"I am Seeking my Brothers": The Lost Jewish Virtue of Friendship.
If so, what kind of virtue.
Scholars Nostalgic for the Old South Study the Virtues of Secession, Quietly.
Katie Virtue gives an update on Irene's path.
Under and by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in a Security Deed given by Richard W Leigh to SunTrust Bank, Southeast Georgia, N.A.
Patience a virtue with hummingbirds.
Two tiny flaws, many outstanding virtues.

In science:

Correlations between space-like separated events which are not directly causally related is certainly possible. They could be correlated, for example, by virtue of their being both effects of some other, earlier shared cause.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Note that the sharpness of the results for the Green function means, by virtue of the equivalence (i) and (ii), the sharpness (up to constants) of the corresponding Remez-type inequalities.
Constructive Function Theory on Sets of the Complex Plane through Potential Theory and Geometric Function Theory
The decryption condition Eq.(2) is satisfied by virtue of the regions Ak aj being disjoint for a given k .
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
Another example which is classical and far from being trivial is that freeness of groups belongs to this class, by virtue of the Nielsen–Schreier Theorem.
A characterization of finitely generated reflection subgroups of Coxeter groups orthogonal to a reflection
By virtue of the condition (1), the first part of the claim follows from Theorem 3.5.
A characterization of finitely generated reflection subgroups of Coxeter groups orthogonal to a reflection
Then the quantum mean value of the observable σ⊗s , i.e. hσ⊗si = T rσ⊗sεs(ρc ), will be equal with the asymptotic s-th moment, of the walker system of the simulated QRW, by virtue of eq.(32).
Quantum Optical Random Walk: Quantization Rules and Quantum Simulation of Asymptotics
This structure can be reduced to Pitman’s partially exchangeable partitions by the virtue of a fundamental bijection Sn → Sn which translates the record statistics into the cycle statistics [25, p. 17].
Coherent random permutations with record statistics
There are certain other virtues to acoustic driving that bear mentioning.
Multi-Dimensional Explorations in Supernova Theory
Therefore, in virtue of our hypothesis on d, it remains to consider the elements x3 r Dr for n ≥ 2.
Infinitesimal deformations of restricted simple Lie algebras I
By virtue of Proposition 16, the order of parentheses in the left hand side of the above formula is irrelevant.
On the Gauss-Manin connection in cyclic homology
By virtue of Proposition 16, all the terms containing 1 ⊗ D in the middle vanish.
On the Gauss-Manin connection in cyclic homology
In virtue of Lemma 1, there is a strong connection between the distribution of Wishart matrices and the random density matrices we study.
Asymptotics of random density matrices
In the first case αi < βi , consider −2(Di ◦ eg)(xα , xβ ) = 2eg(xα−ǫi , xβ ) + 2eg(xα , xβ−ǫi ) and apply formula (∗∗) to the terms (xα−ǫi , xβ ) and (xα , xβ−ǫi ), which verify the required conditions in virtue of our hypothesis.
Infinitesimal deformations of restricted simple Lie algebras II
By virtue of the properties asserted by the preceding proposition (cid:0)Ω, F , P(cid:1) equipped with the σ -algebras (cid:8)Fs,t ; s < t(cid:9) is called a continuous product of probability spaces, see Tsirelson .
Dynamics for the Brownian web and the erosion flow
Hypotheses (N) and (M) transfer to P∞ by virtue of having been included in the state space Ω0 .
Almost sure functional central limit theorem for non-nestling random walk in random environment