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virtue

[ vur-choo ]
/ ˈvɜr tʃu /
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noun

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Idioms for virtue

    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 from Latin ) of Middle English vertu from Anglo-French, Old French from Latin virtūt- (stem of virtūs ) “maleness, worth, virtue,” equivalent to vir “man” (see virile) + -tūt- abstract noun suffix
1. See goodness.
vir·tue·less, adjectivevir·tue·less·ness, nounnon·vir·tue, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for virtue

virtue
/ (ˈvɜːtjuː, -tʃuː) /

noun

virtueless, adjective
C13: vertu, from Old French, from Latin virtūs manliness, courage, from vir man
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Idioms and Phrases with virtue

virtue

see by virtue of; make a virtue of necessity.

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