Vice vs. Virtue

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Vice and Virtue is that the Vice is a practice or behavior or habit generally considered immoral, depraved, or degrading in the associated society and Virtue is a morally positive trait or quality deemed to be morally good

  • Vice

    Vice is a practice, behaviour, or habit generally considered immoral, sinful, criminal, rude, taboo, depraved, or degrading in the associated society. In more minor usage, vice can refer to a fault, a negative character trait, a defect, an infirmity, or a bad or unhealthy habit (such as an addiction to smoking). Vices are usually associated with a transgression in a person’s character or temperament rather than their morality. Synonyms for vice include fault, sin, depravity, iniquity, wickedness, and corruption.

    The opposite of vice is virtue.

  • Virtue

    Virtue (Latin: virtus, Ancient Greek: ἀρετή “arete”) is moral excellence. A virtue is a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness. In other words, it is a behavior that shows high moral standards. Doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong. The opposite of virtue is vice.

    The four classic cardinal virtues in Christianity are temperance, prudence, courage (or fortitude), and justice. Christianity derives the three theological virtues of faith, hope and love (charity) from 1 Corinthians 13. Together these make up the seven virtues. Buddhism’s four brahmavihara (“Divine States”) can be regarded as virtues in the European sense. According to Nitobe Inazō’s book Bushido: The Soul of Japan, the Japanese Bushidō code is characterized by eight main virtues, including honesty, heroic courage, and righteousness.

  • Vice (noun)

    A bad habit.

    “Gluttony is a vice, not a virtue.”

  • Vice (noun)

    Any of various crimes related (depending on jurisdiction) to prostitution, pornography, gambling, alcohol, or drugs.

  • Vice (noun)

    A defect in the temper or behaviour of a horse, such as to make the animal dangerous, to injure its health, or to diminish its usefulness.

  • Vice (noun)

    A mechanical screw apparatus used for clamping or holding (also spelled vise).

  • Vice (noun)

    A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.

  • Vice (noun)

    A grip or grasp.

  • Vice (noun)

    A winding or spiral staircase.

  • Vice (verb)

    To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.

  • Vice (adjective)

    in place of; subordinate to; designating a person below another in rank

    “vice president”

    “vice admiral”

  • Vice (preposition)

    instead of, in place of

    “A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.”

  • Virtue (noun)

    Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct. from 13th c.

  • Virtue (noun)

    A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality. from 13th c.

  • Virtue (noun)

    Specifically, each of several qualities held to be particularly important, including the four cardinal virtues, the three theological virtues, or the seven virtues opposed to the seven deadly sins. from 14th c.

  • Virtue (noun)

    An inherently advantageous or excellent quality of something or someone; a favourable point, an advantage. from 14th c.

  • Virtue (noun)

    A creature embodying divine power, specifically one of the orders of heavenly beings, traditionally ranked above angels and below archangels. from 14th c.

  • Virtue (noun)

    Specifically, moral conduct in sexual behaviour, especially of women; chastity. from 17th c.

  • Virtue (noun)

    The inherent power of a god, or other supernatural being. 13th–19th c.

  • Virtue (noun)

    The inherent power or efficacy of something now only in phrases. from 13th c.


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