Definition of natural virtues in English:

natural virtues

plural noun

  • The traditional chief moral virtues of justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude.

    Often contrasted with theological virtues
    • ‘Watch how God will wither up your confidence in natural virtues after sanctification, and in any power you have, until you learn to draw your life from the reservoir of the resurrection life of Jesus.’
    • ‘In fact, the natural virtues were praised and inculcated in the pagan world of Greece and Rome from at least the time of Socrates.’
    • ‘The good person, the possessor of the natural virtues, is the one who is ‘a safe companion, an easy friend, a gentle master, an agreeable husband, an indulgent father’.’
    • ‘The natural virtues are very admirable, but quite irrelevant to salvation.’
    • ‘Watch and see how God causes your confidence in your own natural virtues and power to wither away.’
    • ‘So if you are talking about the theological concept of justification, it is true that natural virtues are not enough.’
    • ‘Tolkien depicts the natural virtues as perfected and fulfilled by the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.’
    • ‘The Christian virtues were meant to mix with the natural virtues of Plato and Aristotle in both the private and public lives of young medieval aristocrat women.’
    • ‘We can work at acquiring and strengthening the natural virtues, but faith, hope, and charity are only given by grace.’
    • ‘On the other hand, a sinner, who has not the supernatural moral virtues may have some natural virtues.’