virtue


virtue
[[t]vɜ͟ː(r)tʃuː[/t]]
virtues
1) N-UNCOUNT Virtue is thinking and doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.

Virtue is not confined to the Christian world...

She could have established her own innocence and virtue easily enough.

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2) N-COUNT A virtue is a good quality or way of behaving.

His virtue is patience...

Her flaws were as large as her virtues...

Humility is considered a virtue.

3) N-COUNT The virtue of something is an advantage or benefit that it has, especially in comparison with something else.

There was no virtue in returning to Calvi the way I had come...

It's other great virtue, of course, is its hard-wearing quality.

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4) PHR-PREP You use by virtue of to explain why something happens or is true. [FORMAL]

The article stuck in my mind by virtue of one detail...

Mr Olaechea has British residency by virtue of his marriage.

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because of
5) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you make a virtue of something, you pretend that you did it because you chose to, although in fact you did it because you had to.

The movie makes a virtue out of its economy.


English dictionary. 2008.

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