Meaning of Virtue
What is Virtue:
As a virtue it is called the human quality of someone who is characterized by doing well and correctly. As such, it is a moral quality considered good. It can also refer to the effectiveness of certain things to produce certain effects.
The word virtue, as such, comes from the Latin virtus, virtūtis, and is derived from the Latin word vir, which means ‘male’, ‘man’, as it refers to the quality of value, associated with the masculine in ancient thought.
In this sense, virtue can designate the strength, vigor or courage that a person presents in certain situations: "Despite what has happened to her, Magdalena has shown the virtue of always moving forward." Hence, it is also possible to speak of virtue to refer to the integrity of someone's character.
Virtue, as such, can be verified in people with moral integrity, willing to behave according to what is fair, to what, understood in a moral sense, is correct.
For this reason, virtue is also recognizable in virtuous actions and in the right way of proceeding. Hence, in everyday language, the term virtue is also used to designate the qualities of a person who does well.
On the other hand, virtue can also be used to refer to the effectiveness of certain things to produce or cause positive effects: "My mother's chicken broth has the virtue of raising a dead person", "Aloe vera has impressive healing virtues" .
In the plural, the virtues are, according to Catholic doctrine, the angels who are carriers of grace and value, whose fundamental mission is to carry out divine operations on Earth. They are also popularly known as guardian angels, and are part of the fifth choir.
See also Value.
As a moral virtue, it is generally called the habit of doing well. As such, virtue is a positive quality, which refers to perfection in conduct or in the way of proceeding, and, in this sense, is opposed to vice or defect.
In his philosophy, Aristotle considered that virtue was found in moderation, that is, in the balance between the extremes of defect and excess. Hence, the moral virtues are relative to the good and are subject to the guidelines of ethics.
See also Morals.
The cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. According to Plato, justice was the most important virtue of the system of cardinal virtues, because, according to him, from the understanding of it, man could access the other three. The cardinal virtues, as such, are considered the essential basis of the moral virtues of man.
See also Cardinal Virtues.
According to the Bible, the theological virtues are faith, hope and charity. In this sense, they are virtues that have God himself as their object. Hence, it is the Creator himself who has infused them into the souls of men.