- virtue, moral excellence, perfection
- goodness, a gracious act, virtue, uprightness.
- ἀρετή, -ῆς, ἡ
[in LXX, in sing.:(הוֹד), in pl.:
RefsIsa.42:8, 12 43:21 63:7* ;]
RefsWis.4:1 5:13 8:7 2:1-24; 4Mac.2.2
prop., whatever procures pre-eminent estimation for a person or thing, in Hom. any kind of conspicuous advantage. Later confined by philos. writers to intrinsic eminence-moral goodness, virtue;
__(a) of God: 2Pe.1:3;
__(b) of men:; pl. (Isa, Es, ll. with), excellencies: 1Pe.2:9 (the usage appears to be a survival of an early comprehensive sense in which the original idea is blended with the impression which it makes on others, i.e. praise, renown; see Hort, 1 Pe., 129. Deiss., BS, 95 f., thinks it means manifestations of divine power, as in current Gk. speech; cf. also MM, see word)†
1a) virtue, moral goodness
2) any particular moral excellence, as modesty, purity
From the same as G730; properly manliness (valor), that is, excellence (intrinsic or attributed)
KJV Usage: praise, virtue.