virtue


virtue
virtue [vʉr′cho͞o]
n.
[ME vertue < OFr vertu, virtue, goodness, power < L virtus, manliness, worth < vir, man: see WEREWOLF]
1. general moral excellence; right action and thinking; goodness or morality
2. a specific moral quality regarded as good or meritorious: see also CARDINAL VIRTUES, THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES
3. chastity, esp. in a woman
4.
a) excellence in general; merit [the virtue in planning ahead]
b) a good quality or feature [the virtues of teaching as a profession]
5. effective power or force; efficacy; esp., the ability to heal or strengthen [the virtue of a medicine]
6. Now Rare manly quality; strength, courage, etc.
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by virtue of or in virtue of
because of; on the grounds of
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make a virtue of necessity
to accept with an agreeable or positive attitude that which must be accepted anyway

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