virtue ( virtues plural )
1 n-uncount Virtue is thinking and doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.
(=goodness) (Antonym: vice)
She could have established her own innocence and virtue easily enough.
2 n-count A virtue is a good quality or way of behaving.
His virtue is patience..., 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...
4 prep-phrase 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...
5 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.
make a virtue of phrase V inflects, PHR n
The movie makes a virtue out of its economy.
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