Definition of virtue

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  • 1 [mass noun] behaviour showing high moral standards: paragons of virtue

  • [count noun] a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person: patience is a virtue

  • [count noun] a good or useful quality of a thing: Mike was extolling the virtues of the car [mass noun]: there’s no virtue in suffering in silence

  • [mass noun] archaic virginity or chastity, especially of a woman.

  • 2 (virtues) (in traditional Christian angelology) the seventh-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.