virtue Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “virtue” in the English Dictionary

"virtue" in British English

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uk   /ˈvɜː.tjuː/  us   /ˈvɝː-/

virtue noun (GOOD MORALS)

C2 [C or U] a good ​moralquality in a ​person, or the ​generalquality of being ​morally good: Patience is a virtue.
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virtue noun (ADVANTAGE)

C2 [C or U] an ​advantage or good thing: Would there be any virtue in taking an ​earliertrain? The ​actress has ​appeared in many TV ​ads extolling (= ​praising) the virtues ofhairproducts.

virtue noun (BECAUSE OF)

by virtue of C2 formal because of; as a ​result of: She ​succeeded by virtue of her ​tenacityrather than her ​talent.
(Definition of virtue from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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virtuenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈvɜr·tʃu/

virtue noun [C/U] (GOODNESS)

a good ​moralquality in a ​person, or the ​generalquality of ​goodness in a ​person: [C] Patience is a virtue.

virtue noun [C/U] (ADVANTAGE)

an ​advantage or ​benefit: [C] Caution is a ​useful virtue.
(Definition of virtue from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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