virtue

[ vur-choo ]
/ ˈvɜr tʃu /

noun

Idioms

    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 forms

vir·tue·less, adjectivevir·tue·less·ness, nounnon·vir·tue, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for by virtue of

virtue

/ (ˈvɜːtjuː, -tʃuː) /

noun

Derived Forms

virtueless, 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)

virtue


see by virtue of; make a virtue of necessity.

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