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Cardinal virtue   /kˈɑrdənəl vˈərtʃu/   Listen
Cardinal virtue

One of the seven preeminent virtues.

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"Cardinal virtue" Quotes from Famous Books

... the actual defendants, and the large number of other infringers were also liable for damages. As was to have been expected, however, the firm remembered that to be merciful in the hour of victory and not to punish too hard a fallen foe, was a cardinal virtue. The settlements they made were considered most liberal and satisfactory to all. Watt used frequently long afterward to refer to his specifications as his old and well-tried friends. So indeed they proved, and many references to their ...
— James Watt • Andrew Carnegie

... superiors in age and deference to all, rather than arrogant self-assertion, was magnified as a cardinal virtue, not as teaching humility and enforcing a lack of proper self-respect, but rather to exalt high ideals and stimulate an admiration for "the true, the beautiful, and ...
— Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of William H. F. Lee (A Representative from Virginia) • Various

... quitting their box, And so forth and so forth and so forth and so on, With this kind of stuff one might endlessly go on; To come to the point, I may safely assert you 1670 Will find in each yard every cardinal virtue;[6] Each has six truest patriots: four discoverers of ether, Who never had thought on 't nor mentioned it either; Ten poets, the greatest who ever wrote rhyme: Two hundred and forty first men of their time: One person whose portrait just gave the least hint Its original had a most horrible squint: ...
— The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell • James Lowell

Words linked to "Cardinal virtue" :   natural virtue, supernatural virtue, virtue, theological virtue

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