Definition of virtue
What does the word virtue mean?
part of speech: noun
Moral excellence, uprightness, goodness, as v. is its own reward, make a v. of necessity, feign alacrity or sense of duty while acting under compulsion; particular moral excellence, as patience is a v., she has every v., the (seven) cardinal vv. (natural vv., justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude, theological vv., faith, hope, charity); chastity esp. of women, as a woman of v.; good quality, as has the v. of being adjustable, of resisting temperature; inherent power, efficacy, as no v. in such drugs; (pl.) seventh ORDER of angels; by or in v. of, on the strength of, on the ground of, as claims it in v. of his long service, is entitled to it by v. of his prerogative. Hence virtueless a. [French]