Origin of virtue
Examples from the Web for virtues
Petty, shade, and thirst are my favorite human “virtues” and the trifecta of any good series of “stories.”‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In letters to Theo, Vincent would preach to younger brother the virtues of life.Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind|Nick Mafi|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I would just like to see more of a mix, because they both have virtues.James Patterson Goes Full ‘Fahrenheit 451’ With Burning Book Video|William O’Connor|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the people themselves can do it, abdicating the virtues and responsibilities of citizenship.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer|James Poulos|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He would, I thought, be a perfect spokesmen for the virtues of the craft.
Even the virtuous fall sometimes to variance, when their virtues are of different kinds and tending to extremes.Rasselas|Samuel Johnson
She is so sweet, too; and sweetness in a woman is worth all the virtues put together, don't you agree with me?The Making of a Prig|Evelyn Sharp
The virtues of woman are these: chastity, regard for her own honour, and a modest manner of life.
It cannot be that the Creator is inferior to the creature in virtues which the creature derives from Him alone.Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics|William Thomas Thornton
In many respects the virtues of the Bodhisattva are those of the Arhat.Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)|Charles Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for virtues (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for virtues (2 of 2)
Word Origin for virtue
Word Origin and History for virtues
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].
Idioms and Phrases with virtues
see by virtue of; make a virtue of necessity.