[ vur-choo ]
/ ˈvɜr tʃu /
moral excellence; goodness; righteousness.
conformity of one's life and conduct to moral and ethical principles; uprightness; rectitude.
chastity; virginity: to lose one's virtue.
a good or admirable quality or property: the virtue of knowing one's weaknesses.
effective force; power or potency: a charm with the virtue of removing warts.
virtues, an order of angels.Compare angel(def 1).
manly excellence; valor.
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by/in virtue of, by reason of; because of: to act by virtue of one's legitimate authority.
make a virtue of necessity, to make the best of a difficult or unsatisfactory situation.
Origin of virtue
1175–1225; alteration (with i < Latin) of Middle English vertu < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin virtūt- (stem of virtūs) maleness, worth, virtue, equivalent to vir man (see virile) + -tūt- abstract noun suffix
SYNONYMS FOR virtue
1 See goodness.
2 probity, integrity.
Related formsvir·tue·less, adjectivevir·tue·less·ness, nounnon·vir·tue, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for by virtue of
/ (ˈvɜːtjuː, -tʃuː) /
the quality or practice of moral excellence or righteousness
a particular moral excellencethe virtue of tolerance
any of the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) or theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity)
any admirable quality, feature, or trait
chastity, esp in women
archaic an effective, active, or inherent power or force
by virtue of or in virtue of on account of or by reason of
make a virtue of necessity to acquiesce in doing something unpleasant with a show of grace because one must do it in any case
Derived Formsvirtueless, adjective
Word Origin for virtue
C13: vertu, from Old French, from Latin virtūs manliness, courage, from vir man
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Idioms and Phrases with by virtue of (1 of 2)
by virtue of
Also in virtue of. On the grounds of, by reason of, as in By virtue of a large inheritance she could easily afford not to work. [Early 1300s]
Idioms and Phrases with by virtue of (2 of 2)
see by virtue of; make a virtue of necessity.
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