One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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