by virtue of
or in virtue of phrasal through the force of ; by authority of

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • By virtue of — Virtue Vir tue (?; 135), n. [OE. vertu, F. vertu, L. virtus strength, courage, excellence, virtue, fr. vir a man. See {Virile}, and cf. {Virtu}.] 1. Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] Built too… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • by virtue of — also[in virtue of] {prep.} On the strength of; because of; by reason of. * /By virtue of his high rank and position, the President takes social leadership over almost everyone else./ * /Plastic bags are useful for holding many kinds of food, by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by virtue of — also[in virtue of] {prep.} On the strength of; because of; by reason of. * /By virtue of his high rank and position, the President takes social leadership over almost everyone else./ * /Plastic bags are useful for holding many kinds of food, by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by virtue of — preposition because of; on the grounds of; by reason of; due to; based on …   Wiktionary

  • By reason of — Reason Rea son (r[=e] z n), n. [OE. resoun, F. raison, fr. L. ratio (akin to Goth. ra[thorn]j[=o] number, account, gara[thorn]jan to count, G. rede speech, reden to speak), fr. reri, ratus, to reckon, believe, think. Cf. {Arraign}, {Rate},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Virtue of Religion —     Virtue of Religion     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Virtue of Religion     Of the three proposed derivations of the word religion , that suggested by Lactantius and endorsed by St. Augustine seems perhaps to accord better with the idea than the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • In virtue of — Virtue Vir tue (?; 135), n. [OE. vertu, F. vertu, L. virtus strength, courage, excellence, virtue, fr. vir a man. See {Virile}, and cf. {Virtu}.] 1. Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] Built too… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • in virtue of — See: BY VIRTUE OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in virtue of — See: BY VIRTUE OF …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in virtue of — phrasal see by virtue of …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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