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virtue

vir·tue

virtue

 
 
pronunciation:
vuhr chu
phrases:
by virtue of
part of speech: noun
definition 1: moral excellence; righteousness.
The princess was seeking a man of virtue as well as valor.
synonyms:
goodness, morality, rectitude, righteousness, uprightness
antonyms:
iniquity, vice, wrong
similar words:
chivalry, fairness, fidelity, good, honesty, integrity, justness, loyalty, probity, worth
definition 2: a specific example of moral excellence.
Kindness, humility, and patience are important virtues.It's debatable whether total honesty is always a virtue.
antonyms:
iniquity, vice
similar words:
quality, right
definition 3: chastity, esp. in a female person.
He leapt forward with his sword to defend his sister's virtue.
antonyms:
promiscuity
similar words:
celibacy, chastity, innocence, virginity
definition 4: an admirable trait, as in a person's character.
Punctuality is one of her many virtues as an employee.
synonyms:
merit, quality
antonyms:
failing, vice
similar words:
attribute, credit, worthiness
definition 5: power; efficacy.
Her success proves the virtue of hard work.
synonyms:
efficacy, power
similar words:
might, potency, puissance
phrase: by virtue of
derivation: virtueless (adj.)