virtue Definition

  • 1behavior showing high moral standards
  • 2a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person

Using virtue: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "virtue" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She is a woman of great virtue.

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    The virtues of hard work and honesty are highly valued in this company.

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    He is known for his virtue and integrity.

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    The book discusses the virtues and vices of human nature.

virtue Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using virtue

  • to find a positive aspect in a situation that is not ideal


    After losing his job, he made a virtue of necessity and started his own business.

  • a person who is considered a perfect example of moral excellence


    She is often described as a paragon of virtue due to her unwavering commitment to her principles.

  • bad behavior or habits have their own negative consequences


    He knew that smoking was bad for his health, but he continued to do it anyway, thinking that vice is its own reward.

Phrases with virtue

  • cardinal virtues

    four virtues originally derived from Plato and Aristotle and later adopted by Christian philosophy as the four cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude


    The cardinal virtues are often depicted in art, with each one symbolized by a different image.

  • the advantage or benefit of something


    The virtue of this plan is that it will save us a lot of money in the long run.

  • because of something; as a result of something


    By virtue of his experience, he was able to handle the situation calmly and efficiently.

Origins of virtue

from Old French 'vertu', from Latin 'virtus', meaning 'moral strength, excellence, manliness'


Summary: virtue in Brief

The term 'virtue' [ˈvərtʃuː] refers to high moral standards and qualities considered desirable in a person. It encompasses concepts like morality, integrity, and righteousness, exemplified by 'She is a woman of great virtue.' 'Virtue' extends into phrases like 'by virtue of something,' denoting a cause-and-effect relationship, and idioms like 'make a virtue of necessity,' finding a positive aspect in an unfavorable situation.

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