- virtual reality,
- virtual storage,
- virtue signaling,
Origin of virtue
Examples from the Web for virtue
By virtue of being readers we are also writers, I now believe, but that was not always the case.Book Bag: Overlooked Classic Books From the Sunshine State|Randy Wayne White|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the military can mitigate the risks simply by virtue of its enormous logistical reach.The Military’s Mission to Fight Ebola Might Be Dangerous But it Won’t Be Black Hawk Down|Nathan Bradley Bethea|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Paragon of virtue Oliver North called for charges to be filed against Warner Brothers Music.
He saw no virtue in stubbornness, and he could never have taken pleasure in the refusal to act on something.Washington Is Sorely Missing the Legislative Genius of Howard Baker|James Andrew Miller|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Claiming that moderation in a time of such crisis is no virtue,” the martyr of American Russian studies declared.Meet the Anti-Semites, Truthers, and Alaska Pol at D.C.’s Pro-Putin Soiree|James Kirchick|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There's no virtue in riding behind a donkey if you can own a carriage.The Root of Evil|Thomas Dixon
When virtue imbues the one, health and strength appear to wait on the other.
Patience is no virtue of mine, and so far from appearing disposed to amend them, you daily multiply your errors.Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume I (of 3)|James Dennistoun
Virtue indeed he regarded simply as a trick by which clever hypocrites imposed upon fools.History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)|John Richard Green
The men, by virtue of working in the open air, worry through with it better.Ginger-Snaps|Fanny Fern
Word Origin for virtue
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].
see by virtue of; make a virtue of necessity.