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And I allus thunk it were cuz they hung out at the Grey Dog Gym.

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who believed virtue to be the only good<<

What does 'virtue' mean in this definition?

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Originally Posted By: Jackie

...The meaning "faultfinder" came naturally from the behavior of countless Cynics who in their pursuit of virtue pointed out the flaws in others. Such faultfinding could lead quite naturally to the belief associated with cynics of today that selfishness determines human behavior.



Well, we certainly will not find any of those around here.


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who believed virtue to be the only good<<

What does 'virtue' mean in this definition?


Say it, inselpeter, what does "virtue" mean in any definition?

I'll tell if you don't.

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what does "virtue" mean in any definition?

I'll tell if you don't.


Do tell. The brick and mortar OED goes on for more than two pages on defintions of "virtue."

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Originally Posted By: themilum
what does "virtue" mean in any definition?

I'll tell if you don't.


Do tell. The brick and mortar OED goes on for more than two pages on defintions of "virtue."


Need I remind you, Mister Faldage, that the OED merely jots down usage as they run across it, but in the pedestrian world down below "meaning" differs by degrees, with each speaker, and at each spoke.

Not that the OED is a bad thing -- it's not -- but its worth is small potatoes when compared to the "meanings" that can be derived and delimited by the structure and nature of language itself.

If you have ears willing to listen I will talk.

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Ya know, these sound bite definitions have a way of sticking, even when the words used in the definition have shifted away from their older meanings. The Latin word that meant "virtue" could also mean "manliness" or "bravery" as well as "morality.". Rock Island's question is a good one and deserves more than a flippant answer.

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