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cardinal virtue

noun
1.
anything considered to be an important or characteristic virtue:
Tenacity is his cardinal virtue.
2.
cardinal virtues, Ancient Philosophy. justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for cardinal virtues

cardinal virtues

plural noun
1.
the most important moral qualities, traditionally justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude
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