virtue

[ vur-choo ]
/ ˈvɜr tʃu /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. virtual reality,
  2. virtual storage,
  3. virtuality,
  4. virtualize,
  5. virtually,
  6. virtue signaling,
  7. virtues,
  8. virtuosa,
  9. virtuosity,
  10. virtuoso

Idioms

    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 < Latin) of Middle English vertu < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin virtūt- (stem of virtūs) maleness, worth, virtue, equivalent to vir man (see virile) + -tūt- abstract noun suffix

SYNONYMS FOR virtue
1. See goodness. 2. probity, integrity.

ANTONYMS FOR virtue
1. vice.

Related formsvir·tue·less, adjectivevir·tue·less·ness, nounnon·vir·tue, noun

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Examples from the Web for virtueless

  • During this catalog of my virtueless existence, he gandy-walked me to the door and opened it.

    Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith


British Dictionary definitions for virtueless

virtue

/ (ˈvɜːtjuː, -tʃuː) /

noun

Derived Formsvirtueless, adjective

Word Origin for virtue

C13: vertu, from Old French, from Latin virtūs manliness, courage, from vir man

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Word Origin and History for virtueless

virtue

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with virtueless

virtue

see by virtue of; make a virtue of necessity.

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