Virtue

Definition of Virtue

Vir´tue
n.1.Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor.
Built too strong
For force or virtue ever to expugn.
- Chapman.
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.
- Keble.
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.
- Chaucer.
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.
- Pope.
If there's Power above us,
And that there is all nature cries aloud
Through all her works, he must delight in virtue.
- Addison.
6.A particular moral excellence; as, the virtue of temperance, of charity, etc.
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.
- Goldsmith.
8.One of the orders of the celestial hierarchy.
Cardinal virtues
See under Cardinal, a.
In virtue of
through the force of; by authority of.
Theological virtues
the three virtues, faith, hope, and charity. See 1 Cor. xiii. 13.
- Addison.

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