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 for Virtue
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Built too strong
              For force or virtue ever to expugn.   --Chapman.
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     2. Active quality or power; capacity or power adequate to the
        production of a given effect; energy; strength; potency;
        efficacy; as, the virtue of a medicine.
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              Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue
              had gone out of him, turned him about. --Mark v. 30.
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              A man was driven to depend for his security against
              misunderstanding, upon the pure virtue of his
              syntax.                               --De Quincey.
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              The virtue of his midnight agony.     --Keble.
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     3. Energy or influence operating without contact of the
        material or sensible substance.
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              She moves the body which she doth possess,
              Yet no part toucheth, but by virtue's touch. --Sir.
                                                    J. Davies.
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     4. Excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth.
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              I made virtue of necessity.           --Chaucer.
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              In the Greek poets, . . . the economy of poems is
              better observed than in Terence, who thought the
              sole grace and virtue of their fable the sticking in
              of sentences.                         --B. Jonson.
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     5. Specifically, moral excellence; integrity of character;
        purity of soul; performance of duty.
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              Virtue only makes our bliss below.    --Pope.
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              If there's Power above us,
              And that there is all nature cries aloud
              Through all her works, he must delight in virtue.
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     6. A particular moral excellence; as, the virtue of
        temperance, of charity, etc. "The very virtue of
        compassion." --Shak. "Remember all his virtues."
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     7. Specifically: Chastity; purity; especially, the chastity
        of women; virginity.
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              H. I believe the girl has virtue.
              M. And if she has, I should be the last man in the
              world to attempt to corrupt it.       --Goldsmith.
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     8. pl. One of the orders of the celestial hierarchy.
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              Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers.
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     Cardinal virtues. See under Cardinal, a.
     In virtue of, or By virtue of, through the force of; by
        authority of. "He used to travel through Greece by virtue
        of this fable, which procured him reception in all the
        towns." --Addison. "This they shall attain, partly in
        virtue of the promise made by God, and partly in virtue of
        piety." --Atterbury.
     Theological virtues, the three virtues, faith, hope, and
        charity. See --1 Cor. xiii. 13.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is
           wrong [syn: virtue, virtuousness, moral excellence]
      2: any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
         [syn: merit, virtue] [ant: demerit, fault]
      3: morality with respect to sexual relations [syn: virtue,
         chastity, sexual morality]
      4: a particular moral excellence

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  225 Moby Thesaurus words for "virtue":
     Dutch courage, advantageousness, affection, agreeableness,
     amperage, arete, armipotence, asset, assured probity, attribute,
     auspiciousness, authority, because of, beef, beneficialness,
     benevolence, benignity, black power, blamelessness, blotlessness,
     boldness, braveness, bravery, brute force, by dint of,
     by reason of, by virtue of, caliber, character, characteristic,
     charge, charisma, chasteness, chastity, chivalrousness, chivalry,
     class, cleanliness, cleanness, clout, cogence, cogency, compulsion,
     conspicuous gallantry, courage, courageousness, credit, decency,
     desert, dint, doughtiness, drive, duress, effect, effectiveness,
     effectuality, efficacy, energy, erectness, estimableness,
     ethicality, ethicalness, excellence, excellency, expedience,
     fairness, favorableness, fealty, feature, fidelity, fineness,
     first-rateness, flower power, force, force majeure, forcefulness,
     full blast, full force, gallantness, gallantry,
     gallantry under fire, good character, goodliness, goodness, grace,
     greatheartedness, healthiness, helpfulness, heroicalness, heroism,
     high ideals, high principles, high-mindedness, honesty, honor,
     honorableness, immaculacy, immaculateness, influence, innocence,
     integrity, intrepidity, intrepidness, irreproachability,
     irreproachableness, justice, justness, kindness, knightliness,
     lionheartedness, loyalty, main force, main strength, mana,
     manfulness, manhood, manliness, mark, martial spirit, merit, might,
     might and main, mightiness, military spirit, moral excellence,
     moral strength, morale, morality, morals, moxie, muscle power,
     niceness, nobility, on account of, owing to, perfection, piety,
     pizzazz, pleasantness, poop, pot-valor, potence, potency,
     potentiality, power, power pack, power structure, power struggle,
     powerfulness, prepotency, principles, probity, productiveness,
     productivity, profitableness, property, prowess, puissance, pull,
     punch, pureness, purity, push, quality, rectitude, reputability,
     respectability, rewardingness, righteousness, rightness, savor,
     sexual innocence, sinew, skillfulness, snowiness,
     soldierly quality, soundness, spotlessness, stainlessness,
     stalwartness, stature, steam, stoutheartedness, stoutness,
     strength, strong arm, superiority, superpower, taintlessness,
     thanks to, trait, unblemishedness, unblottedness, uncorruptness,
     undefiledness, unimpeachability, unimpeachableness, unsoiledness,
     unspottedness, unstainedness, unsulliedness, untaintedness,
     uprightness, upstandingness, usefulness, valiance, valiancy,
     validity, valor, valorousness, value, vehemence, vigor, vim,
     virginity, virility, virtuousness, virulence, vitality, wattage,
     weight, whiteness, wholeness, worth, worthiness

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