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noun     virtue pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a good quality or habit that a person has, especially a moral one such as honesty or loyalty

    Patience is not one of my virtues.

    1. a.
      [countable] a quality that is useful in a particular activity
    2. b.
      [uncountable] formal a way of behaving in which you do what is morally right and avoid things that are morally wrong
  2. 2
    [countable] an advantage or a good feature that something has that makes it better than something else
    virtue of:

    One virtue of the plan is that it is cheaper to implement.

    preach/proclaim/extol the virtues of (=tell people about how good something is):

    She goes on lecture tours to preach the virtues of free-market capitalism.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] old-fashioned a woman’s virginity


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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