Definition of moral virtue in US English:

moral virtue


  • Excellence of character or disposition, specifically as distinguished from intellectual excellence (ancient Greek ἀρετὴ διανοητική), or from the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity; an instance of this.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340–1400), poet and administrator. From moral + virtue, after post-classical Latin virtus moralis, Middle French vertu morale.