Origin of virtue
Synonyms for virtue
Antonyms for virtue
Related Words for virtueethic, faith, righteousness, love, advantage, purity, character, merit, generosity, ideal, excellence, value, goodness, kindness, quality, rectitude, morality, temperance, fineness, incorruptibility
Examples from the Web for virtue
Contemporary Examples of 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
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
Paragon of virtue Oliver North called for charges to be filed against Warner Brothers Music.A Brief History of the Phrase 'F*ck the Police'
August 23, 2014
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
“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
June 17, 2014
Historical Examples of virtue
Let young men hear the praise of virtue from the lips of beauty.
I asked him what reward the Helots had for bravery or virtue.
Who, that has once trespassed with them, ever recovered his virtue?
She made a virtue of necessity; and the man was quite another man with her. '
It is their virtue in life to be lonely, and none but the lonely man in tragedy may be great.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
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.