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cardinal virtue

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  1. anything considered to be an important or characteristic virtue: Tenacity is his cardinal virtue.
  2. cardinal virtues, Ancient Philosophy. justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude.
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Origin of cardinal virtue

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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British Dictionary definitions for cardinal virtues

cardinal virtues

pl n
  1. the most important moral qualities, traditionally justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude
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