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virtue

 [vir´choo]
in bioethics, a trait of character that disposes a person habitually to excellence of intent and performance with respect to the telos proper to life as a human being or to a specific activity or role in life. Some virtues (such as cleanliness) are important socially rather than morally. (See also morality.) Virtues in medicine include trustworthiness, compassion, phronesis, justice, fortitude, temperance, integrity, and self-effacement.
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Repeatedly, we are told that Mao was so virtueless that no one liked or agreed with him.
Moreover, had he looked a little further he would have found other reinforcement from Johnson's definitions of 'virtuous' and 'virtuously' and their illustrations, to say nothing of 'virtueless'.
At VFW's 1915 convention, delegates adopted a resolution pledging "instant response to the call of duty," while noting that "peace at any price is the swan song of the decadent and the virtueless. Preparedness will prevent the enormous sacrifice of human lives that has characterized every war in which the United States has been engaged throughout its history.