Origin of virtu
Examples from the Web for virtu
To me, the humbler task is assigned of recording what is only more particularly connected with books and virtu.
It has at once damped every pursuit which my spirits had even now prevented me from being weaned from, I mean of virtu.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors|Isaac Disraeli
Of Consul Smith I am unable to present the lover of virtu with any particulars more acceptable than the following.
For virtu, I have a little to entertain you—it is my sole pleasure.The Wits and Beaux of Society|Grace & Philip Wharton
If virtu did not so often manage tew make herself repulsive, vice would not be half so attraktive.The Complete Works of Josh Billings|Henry W. Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for virtu
Word Origin for virtu
Word Origin and History for virtu
"excellence in an object of art, passion for works of art," 1722, from Italian virtu "excellence," from Latin virtutem (nominative virtus) "virtue" (see virtue). The same word as virtue, borrowed during a period when everything Italian was in vogue. Sometimes spelled vertu, after French, but this is unjustified, as this sense of the word is not in French.