virtue


virtue
noun
ADJECTIVE
cardinal, great, important, real
chief, primary
heroic
inherent

There is, of course. no inherent virtue in moderation.

The Slavophiles believed in the inherent virtue of the Russian people.

old-fashioned, traditional

He understands the traditional virtue of hard work.

Christian, ethical, moral, theological

the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity

intellectual, political, social
civic, public

Machiavelli's idea of civic virtue

domestic

She was seen as a paragon of domestic virtue.

personal (esp. AmE), private
human
female, feminine, manly, masculine
easy

women of easy virtue (= with low standards of sexual morality)

VERB + VIRTUE
have, possess

Her book has the cardinal virtue of simplicity.

embody

Philippe embodies the French virtues of charm and grace.

cultivate, practise/practice

He taught his children to practise/practice the virtues of temperance and chastity.

espouse, extol, preach, promote, tout (esp. AmE)

He never stops extolling the virtues of the free market.

inculcate, teach
celebrate

a story celebrating the virtues of democracy

PHRASES
make a virtue of necessity (= to manage to gain an advantage from sth you have to do and cannot avoid)
a paragon of virtue

It would have taken a paragon of virtue not to feel jealous.


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