ETYM French mérite, Latin meritum, from merere, mereri, to deserve, merit; prob. originally, to get a share; akin to Greek meros part. Related to Market, Merchant, Mercer, Mercy.
Any admirable quality or attribute; SYN. virtue.
ETYM Old Eng. purete, purte, Old Fren. purté, French pureté, from Latin puritas, from purus pure. Related to Pure.
1. Being undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material; SYN. pureness.
2. The state of being free from sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil; SYN. sinlessness, innocence.
ETYM Old Eng. vertu, French vertu, Latin virtus strength, courage, excellence, virtue, from vir a man. Related to Virile, Virtu.
1. A particular moral excellence.
2. Morality with respect to sexual relations; SYN. chastity, sexual morality.
3. The quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong; SYN. virtuousness, moral excellence.
Originally, ability or efficiency, often involving moral worth. In classical Greek it is used especially to refer to manly qualities. Christian teaching distinguishes the cardinal virtues of prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice, from the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love (or charity) which St Paul gives as the basis of Christian life.