cardinal virtues

cardinal virtue

anything considered to be an important or characteristic virtue: Tenacity is his cardinal virtue.
cardinal virtues, Ancient Philosophy. justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude.

1300–50; Middle English Unabridged
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cardinal virtues
pl n
the most important moral qualities, traditionally justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude

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