Here was worthiness by association, a father judged by the virtues of the son.
No implausible publication with “interpolated essays on the virtues of sanitary improvement” is beyond his sight.
I stood and left them chattering about the virtues of breastfeeding as I headed out to my car.
I have sworn to defend my country, my constitution, and the values and virtues of the aforementioned.
Here were the virtues of the grandson being visited upon the grandfather, along with the father and the uncle.
But I soon began to love her for her virtues as ardently as though I had wooed her of my own initiative.
The virtues were just the ones which the Roman court did not show.
This last is said of those whose demerits outweigh their virtues, or those who have sinned against their bodies.
Like his father, he possessed two virtues: but they were not the same.
Moderation is the silken string running through 25 the pearl chain of all virtues.
early 13c., "moral life and conduct, moral excellence," vertu, from Anglo-French and Old French vertu, from Latin virtutem (nominative virtus) "moral strength, manliness, valor, excellence, worth," from vir "man" (see virile).
For my part I honour with the name of virtue the habit of acting in a way troublesome to oneself and useful to others. [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822]Phrase by virtue of (early 13c.) preserves alternative Middle English sense of "efficacy." Wyclif Bible has virtue where KJV uses power. The seven cardinal virtues (early 14c.) were divided into the natural (justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude) and the theological (hope, faith, charity). To make a virtue of a necessity (late 14c.) translates Latin facere de necessitate virtutem [Jerome].