cardinal virtue
noun Date: 14th century 1. one of the four classically defined natural virtues prudence, justice, temperance, or fortitude 2. a quality designated as a major virtue

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  • cardinal virtue — 1. anything considered to be an important or characteristic virtue: Tenacity is his cardinal virtue. 2. cardinal virtues, Ancient Philos. justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude. [1300 50; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • cardinal virtue — noun one of the seven preeminent virtues • Hypernyms: ↑virtue • Hyponyms: ↑natural virtue, ↑theological virtue, ↑supernatural virtue …   Useful english dictionary

  • cardinal virtue — one of the four important elements of good character (prudence, fortitude, justice, temperance) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cardinal virtue — noun each of the chief moral attributes of scholastic philosophy: justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude …   English new terms dictionary

  • cardinal virtue — noun (C) formal a moral quality that someone has which people greatly respect or value …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cardinal virtue — car′dinal vir′tue n. pho any of the four traditional classical virtues: justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude • Etymology: 1300–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • Cardinal Virtues — • The four principal virtues upon which the rest of the moral virtues turn or are hinged Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Cardinal Virtues     Cardinal Virtues      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • 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

  • Cardinal — Car di*nal, a. [L. cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. F. cardinal.] Of fundamental importance; pre[ e]minent; superior; chief; principal. [1913 Webster] The cardinal intersections of the zodiac …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cardinal numbers — Cardinal Car di*nal, a. [L. cardinalis, fr. cardo the hinge of a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. F. cardinal.] Of fundamental importance; pre[ e]minent; superior; chief; principal. [1913 Webster] The cardinal intersections of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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