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[Lat.,=manliness], in philosophy, quality of good in human conduct. The cardinal virtues, as presented by Plato, were wisdom (or prudence), courage, temperance, and justice. They are to be interpreted as descriptive of conduct rather than innate qualities and are achieved through proper training and discipline. They have been called natural virtues, as contrasted with the Christian theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. As early as the 14th cent. the Christian virtues were combined with the Platonic virtues and called the seven cardinal virtues, figuring largely, with the opposing seven deadly sins, in such medieval literature as Dante's Divine Comedy. Some contemporary philosophers, such as Alasdair MacIntyreMacIntyre, Alasdair C.
, 1929–, American philosopher. He teaches at the Univ. of Notre Dame in Indiana. His major contributions have come in ethics. In his highly influential book After Virtue
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, have argued that traditional notions of virtue provide the best framework for reflection in ethics.

virtue

any of the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance) or theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity)
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Indeed, according to Buddhism, I act virtuously only when I act with altruistic intentions.
After bank bailouts, Bernard Madoff-type financial scandals, and a housing bubble that left Americans high and dry, it is as if the collective unconscious is recasting life on yachts and perfectly manicured golf courses as distasteful, and thrifty, often rural simplicity as a virtuously cleansing relief.
But her virtue was only one thing that was good for her and acting virtuously made her worse off overall, through the loss of other good things that her virtuous actions deprived her of.
Fangs are punishment for people who are so dissolute that they need the darkness to hide their naughtiness, not for those who virtuously arise early to get things done.
Rather, Smith claims that people are more likely to attain happiness--not complete tranquility, but the level that one can reasonably hope to reach--not through material prosperity, success, or achievement, but rather through simpler and calmer pleasures such as the knowledge that one has acted virtuously and rewarding relationships with family and friends.
The pursuance of ethical ideals, the hankering after a life of rectitude and the desire to live virtuously were ideals greatly cherished and approved by the Igbo, particularly in the traditional or classical setting.
I felt, virtuously, that I was doing it all myself, and initially enjoyed the batch-cooking episodes in the kitchen which resulted in rows of dinky blue pots filled with colourful pured vegetables.
Think of the relatives--all lapsed Catholics--turning up solemnly at Grandma's funeral, suitably clad in the black outfits they virtuously raced out to buy, but with no idea when to kneel or stand or what the responses to the prayers are.
O merciful Lord and heavenly Father, by whose gracious gift mankind is increased; bestow, we beseech thee, upon these two persons the heritage and gift of children; and grant that they may see their children christianly and virtuously brought up to thy praise and honour, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Visitors' own responses were virtuously invited; but musing, unguided by theory and method, or comparison without control for the differences between present and past, precludes archaeology and psychology alike.
But we had decided, virtuously, not to say anything to our young daughters, who were nine and six.
8 petrol engine as the Prius, you can toddle virtuously round town in eco or electric mode.