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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
extol the virtues/benefits etc of sth
▪ a speech extolling the merits of free enterprise
paragon of virtue
▪ a paragon of virtue
preach the virtues/merits/benefits of sth
▪ a politician preaching the virtues of a free market
▪ If we're selling it, we'd better point out that it's a starting-point for civic virtue.
▪ Is the kind of thinking required for scientific experimentation the same kind required for civic virtue?
▪ Finally, the citizen must, if true to his quality, be possessed of some civic virtue.
▪ The problem here is how can social cohesion and civic virtue be promoted?
▪ Sadly, morals and behaviour ashore had deteriorated too with more drunks and ladies of easy virtue in evidence.
▪ So there were great virtues in decentralisation and democratic accountability at all levels in any society.
▪ The great virtue of mail-in elections, according to their promoters, is that they make voting as easy as possible.
▪ But what a great virtue I had made of avoiding their names these last few years.
▪ Judges themselves claim this as their great virtue and only occasionally is it seen to be departed from.
▪ A hands-off approach to macroeconomic management has the great virtue of leaving both hands free for microeconomic tasks.
▪ In other contexts, Terkel's great virtue is his ability to leave subjects rich and ravelled.
▪ But what price humaneness, that great virtue of the Enlightenment, if animals were mere things?
▪ There's no moral virtue in the truth of most of our true beliefs.
▪ What Phokylides was saying is that human virtue is moral virtue.
▪ Was it, perhaps, that they were of higher moral virtue than other men?
▪ Healthy development in women was thus signified by an attachment to their prescribed sphere and by the manifestation of moral virtue.
▪ Many convey in the physical appearance of their subjects the traditional Roman virtues of austerity and respect for authority.
▪ The following speech extols the virtues of order and degree.
▪ The appraiser went on for some time, extolling the virtues of the scholarship.
▪ But now is not the time to be extolling the virtues of Anglo-Saxon shareholder capitalism.
▪ At news conferences in each town, he dutifully steps to the podium and extols the virtues of such a noteworthy matchup.
▪ The tutor extols the virtues of this approach and you, of course, agree.
▪ We have had several letters from readers extolling the virtues of ponies, and how many are having enormous fun with them.
▪ Since the war, each time the Conservative Party has come into power it has extolled the virtues of the market.
▪ This man drinks alone, perhaps because he has driven away all his companions by extolling the virtues of his bank.
▪ A New World makes many virtues out of small things.
▪ But Simon does not merely make a virtue of necessity.
▪ Her faults are my faults: her virtues I must make my virtues.
▪ Would it be so hard to make a simple virtue out of this bizarre necessity?
▪ What I did was to make a virtue of my misery.
▪ Limited government makes virtue possible by creating a framework for free action.
▪ Anita Roddick has made a virtue of flying in the face of business convention.
▪ Unable to face their fate, they make of it a virtue.
▪ He may preach the virtues of an empty bank account, but Damon is fairly obsessed with filling his own.
model of efficiency/virtue etc
▪ Mr. Howard I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman is citing Lambeth council as a model of efficiency and good practice.
▪ The police, when they arrived, were models of efficiency and solicitude.
woman/lady/girl of easy virtue
▪ Sadly, morals and behaviour ashore had deteriorated too with more drunks and ladies of easy virtue in evidence.
▪ Among their many virtues, they are always direct and honest.
▪ heroic virtues
▪ Women have often been used as symbols of virtue and nobility.
▪ Such a conclusion to a hunting trip is evidence that the man is endowed with proper male virtue.
▪ They believed in the virtues of culture, civilization and reason.
▪ They forget all the old virtues, which weren't real virtues anyway.
▪ Yet she could see by their shocked and altered faces that even their virtues were being burned away.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Virtue \Vir"tue\ (?; 135), n. [OE. vertu, F. vertu, L. virtus strength, courage, excellence, virtue, fr. vir a man. See Virile, and cf. Virtu.]

  1. Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor. [Obs.]

    Built too strong For force or virtue ever to expugn.

  2. 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.

    Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about.
    --Mark v. 30.

    A man was driven to depend for his security against misunderstanding, upon the pure virtue of his syntax.
    --De Quincey.

    The virtue of his midnight agony.

  3. Energy or influence operating without contact of the material or sensible substance.

    She moves the body which she doth possess, Yet no part toucheth, but by virtue's touch.
    --Sir. J. Davies.

  4. Excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth.

    I made virtue of necessity.

    In the Greek poets, . . . the economy of poems is better observed than in Terence, who thought the sole grace and virtue of their fable the sticking in of sentences.
    --B. Jonson.

  5. Specifically, moral excellence; integrity of character; purity of soul; performance of duty.

    Virtue only makes our bliss below.

    If there's Power above us, And that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works, he must delight in virtue.

  6. A particular moral excellence; as, the virtue of temperance, of charity, etc. ``The very virtue of compassion.''
    --Shak. ``Remember all his virtues.''

  7. Specifically: Chastity; purity; especially, the chastity of women; virginity.

    H. I believe the girl has virtue. M. And if she has, I should be the last man in the world to attempt to corrupt it.

  8. pl. One of the orders of the celestial hierarchy.

    Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers.

    Cardinal virtues. See under Cardinal, a.

    In virtue of, or By virtue of, through the force of; by authority of. ``He used to travel through Greece by virtue of this fable, which procured him reception in all the towns.''
    --Addison. ``This they shall attain, partly in virtue of the promise made by God, and partly in virtue of piety.''

    Theological virtues, the three virtues, faith, hope, and charity. See
    --1 Cor. xiii. 13.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, vertu, "moral life and conduct; a particular moral excellence," from Anglo-French and Old French vertu "force, strength, vigor; moral strength; qualities, abilities" (10c. in Old French), from Latin virtutem (nominative virtus) "moral strength, high character, goodness; manliness; valor, bravery, courage (in war); excellence, worth," from vir "man" (see virile).\n\nFor 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]

\nEspecially (in women) "chastity, sexual purity" from 1590s. 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].

n. 1 (context obsolete English) The inherent power of a god, or other supernatural being. (13th-19th c.) 2 The inherent power or efficacy of something (qualifier: now only in phrases). (from 13th c.) 3 (context uncountable English) Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct. (from 13th c.) 4 A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality. (from 13th c.) 5 Specifically, each of several qualities held to be particularly important, including the four cardinal virtues, the three theological virtues, or the seven virtues opposed to the seven deadly sins. (from 14th c.) 6 An inherently advantageous or excellent quality of something or someone; a favourable point, an advantage. (from 14th c.) 7 A creature embodying divine power, specifically one of the orders of heavenly beings, traditionally ranked above angels and below archangels. (from 14th c.) 8 (context uncountable English) Specifically, moral conduct in sexual behaviour, especially of women; chastity. (from 17th c.)

  1. n. the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong [syn: virtuousness, moral excellence]

  2. any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit" [syn: merit] [ant: demerit]

  3. morality with respect to sexual relations [syn: chastity, sexual morality]

  4. a particular moral excellence


Virtue (, " arete") is moral excellence. A virtue is a trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness. The opposite of virtue is vice.

Virtue (musical group)

Virtue is a popular Dove Award winning, Grammy-nominated gospel music female trio. The group currently consists of sisters Ebony Holland, Karima Kibble and Heather Martin.

Virtue (disambiguation)

A virtue is a trait valued as being good.

Virtue or Virtues may also refer to:

Virtue (film)

Virtue is a 1932 Pre-Code American romance film starring Carole Lombard and Pat O'Brien.

Virtue (software)

Virtue is a virtual session manager running under IBM's VM.

Virtue (Virtue album)

Virtue is the first album of the gospel group Virtue. The self-titled release spawned three singles "Greatest Part Of Me ", "Let the Redeemed", and "I Must Tell Jesus".

Virtue (Emmy the Great album)

Virtue is the second album by London singer-songwriter Emma-Lee Moss – better known by her stage name Emmy the Great — and was released on 13 June 2011. It has been described as "meticulous and atmospheric" and has been praised for its poetic writing style.

Virtue (surname)

Virtue is the surname of:

  • Brock Virtue (born 1986), Canadian curler
  • George Virtue (died 1868), London publisher
  • Jake Virtue (1865–1943), American Major League Baseball player
  • James Sprent Virtue (1829–1892), British publisher, son of George Virtue
  • John Virtue (born 1947), English artist
  • Keith Virtue (1909–1980), Australian pioneer aviator
  • Mickey Virtue, member of the British reggae/pop band UB40
  • Tarita Virtue (born 1970), successful actress and model
  • Tessa Virtue (born 1989), Canadian ice dancer
  • Tom Virtue (born 1957), American actor
Virtue (Eldar Djangirov album)

Virtue is a jazz album released in 2009 by new Sony Masterworks. It is the fourth album of the Kyrgyzstan-born, New York-based musician Eldar Djangirov.

The album released when Djangirov was 22 years old. In the album, pianist Djangirov worked with bassist Armando Gola and drummer Ludwig Afonso; Djangirov was also aided and abetted by guests saxophonist Joshua Redman, saxophonist Felipe Lamoglia and trumpeter Nicholas Payton. There are ten original compositions among which eight were written or co-written by Djangirov. Djangirov commented on his own album, "In many ways, you could think of it as a soundtrack to my direct experiences since I've moved to New York City."

Usage examples of "virtue".

Now it must be observed that every virtue acts in accordance with the time being, as also in keeping with other due circumstances, wherefore the virtue of penance has its act at this time, according to the requirements of the New Law.

Wherefore the forgiveness of sin is accounted the effect not only of the virtue of penance, but also, and that chiefly, of faith and charity.

It being taught in the Mysteries, either by way of allegory, the meaning of which was not made known except to a select few, or, perhaps only at a later day, as an actual reality, that the souls of the vicious dead passed into the bodies of those animals to whose nature their vices had most affinity, it was also taught that the soul could avoid these transmigrations, often successive and numerous, by the practice of virtue, which would acquit it of them, free it from the circle of successive generations, and restore it at once to its source.

Our adversaries do not deny that even here there is a system of law and penalty: and surely we cannot in justice blame a dominion which awards to every one his due, where virtue has its honour, and vice comes to its fitting shame, in which there are not merely representations of the gods, but the gods themselves, watchers from above, and--as we read--easily rebutting human reproaches, since they lead all things in order from a beginning to an end, allotting to each human being, as life follows life, a fortune shaped to all that has preceded--the destiny which, to those that do not penetrate it, becomes the matter of boorish insolence upon things divine.

Who that has glowed over this exalted picture will tell us that we must make Virtue prosperous in order to allure to it, or clothe Vice with misery in order to revolt us from its image?

The allyl and sulphur in the bulbs, together with their mucilaginous parts, relieve the sore mucous membranes, and quicken perspiration, whilst other medicinal virtues are exercised at the same time on the animal economy.

The successors of Basil amused themselves with the belief, that the conquest of Lombardy had been achieved, and was still preserved by the justice of their laws, the virtues of their ministers, and the gratitude of a people whom they had rescued from anarchy and oppression.

To save them present pain at the risk of future anguish, to consult the feelings of her brother, in preference to his morality, would be forgetting every lesson of her life, which, from its earliest dawn, had imbibed a love of virtue, that made her consider whatever was offensive to it as equally disgusting and unhappy.

If his fortune should be one thousand per annum, his income may be extended to five, by virtue of credit and credulity.

But even though this should not be allowed, and though the virtue which is in mankind should be acknowledged much superior to the vice, yet so long as there is any vice at all in the universe, it will very much puzzle you Anthropomorphites, how to account for it.

The fruit of the Tamarind is certainly antibilious, and by the virtue of its potash salts it tends to heal any sore places within the mouth.

An infusion made with water will bring out the antiscorbutic virtues of the plant which are specially aromatic, and cordial.

I was now rather good at knot tying and suturing, by virtue of having forced my way into several operations, including three hernias, a couple of hemorrhoids, an appendectomy, and a vein stripping.

Moreover, since we know that riches first and chiefly appertain to the support of the body only, while the virtue of books is the perfection of reason, which is properly speaking the happiness of man, it appears that books to the man who uses his reason are dearer than riches.

While the emperor Majorian assiduously labored to restore the happiness and virtue of the Romans, he encountered the arms of Genseric, from his character and situation their most formidable enemy.