noun Etymology: Middle English vertu, virtu, from Anglo-French, from Latin virtut-, virtus strength, manliness, virtue, from vir man — more at virile Date: 13th century 1. a. conformity to a standard of right ; morality b. a particular moral excellence 2. plural an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy 3. a beneficial quality or power of a thing 4. manly strength or courage ; valor 5. a commendable quality or trait ; merit 6. a capacity to act ; potency 7. chastity especially in a woman • virtueless adjective

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