ETYM Old Eng. honeste, oneste, honor, Old Fren. honesté, onesté (cf. French honnęteté), Latin honestas. Related to Honest.
1. Southeastern European plant cultivated for its fragrant purplish flowers and round flat papery silver-white seedpods that are used for indoor decoration; SYN. silver dollar, money plant, satin flower, satinpod, Lunaria annua.
2. The quality of being honest; SYN. honestness.
ETYM Latin rectitudo, from rectus right, straight: cf. French rectitude. Related to Right.
2. Rightness of principle or practice; exact conformity to truth, or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct, either by divine or human laws; uprightness of mind; uprightness; integrity; honesty; justice.
3. Good judgment.
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.