Definitions of virtue

  1. morality with respect to sexual relations Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a particular moral excellence Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Active quality or power; capacity or power adequate to the production of a given effect; energy; strength; potency; efficacy; as, the virtue of a medicine. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Energy or influence operating without contact of the material or sensible substance. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Specifically, moral excellence; integrity of character; purity of soul; performance of duty. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A particular moral excellence; as, the virtue of temperance, of charity, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Specifically: Chastity; purity; especially, the chastity of women; virginity. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. One of the orders of the celestial hierarchy. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Character traits that are considered to be morally praiseworthy. (Bioethics Thesaurus) Medical Dictionary DB
  14. Strength or effectiveness; worth; goodness; morality; purity; excellence or merit; a specific kind of goodness, such as temperance or patience. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. 1. Power efficacy, said of the quality of an active medicinal substance. 2. Manliness, rectitude; chastity. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  16. Excellence: worth: moral excellence: the practice of duty: a moral excellence: female chastity: purity: strength (so in B.): force: power: efficacy. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Power; efficacy; moral excellence; chastity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Moral excellence; virtuousness; morality; chastity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Any admirable quality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Moral goodness; the habitual practice of moral duties; a particular moral excellence; operative power; something efficacious; secret agency; that which constitutes value and merit; efficacy or power; legal efficacy or power; authority; that substance or quality of physical bodies by which they act and produce effects on other bodies; bravery; valour. In virtue, in consequence; by the efficacy or authority. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. That quality possessed by bodies by which they produce effects; efficacy; moral goodness; secret agency; excellence; right conduct; female chastity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. The phrase "by virtue" differs in meaning from "under color." For instance, the proper fees are received 6j/ virtue of the office; extortion is under color of the office. Any rightful act in office is by virtue of the office. A wrongful act in office may be under color of the office. Phil. Law, 380. thelawdictionary.org
  23. v[.e]r'tu, n. excellence: worth: moral excellence: the practice of duty: a moral excellence: sexual purity, esp. female chastity: purity: (B.) strength: force: inherent power, efficacy: one of the orders of the celestial hierarchy.--adj. VIR'TUAL, having virtue or efficacy: having the efficacy without the material part: in effect though not in fact: (mech.) possible and infinitesimal.--adv. VIR'TUALLY.--adjs. VIR'TUELESS, wanting virtue: without efficacy; VIR'TUE-PROOF (Milt.), impregnable in virtue; VIR'TUOUS, having virtue or moral goodness: blameless: righteous: practising duty: being according to the moral law: chaste (of a woman).--adv. VIR'TUOUSLY.--n. VIR'TUOUSNESS.--BY, IN, VIRTUE OF, through the power, force, or efficacy of; MAKE A VIRTUE OF NECESSITY, to do as if from inclination or sense of duty something one must needs do; SEVEN PRINCIPAL VIRTUES, faith, hope, charity, justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude--the first three the theological, the last four the moral virtues; THE CARDINAL VIRTUES (see CARDINAL). [O. Fr.,--L. virtus, bravery, moral excellence--vir, a man; cf. Gr. h[=e]r[=o]s, Sans. vira, a hero.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. 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] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. Efficacy of an active medicinal substance. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  26. Rectitude, chastity. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  27. n. [Latin] Active quality or power; strength; force; efficacy;—natural excellence ; worth;—moral excellence; morality; uprightness;—a particular moral excellence;—especially, female chastity; virginity; purity;—one of the orders of the celestial hierarchy;— medicinal quality or efficacy;—legal power or efficacy; authority. Cabinet Dictionary

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