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Cultural PerceptionsPlay
The concept of virtue varies between cultures; be mindful of different moral standards when using 'virtuous.' SlideHis actions were considered virtuous in his country, though not everywhere.
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Positive ConnotationPlay
'Virtuous' always implies a positive judgment and admiration for someone's behavior. SlideThe virtuous decision to donate the unexpected windfall won him much praise.
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Non-religious UsagePlay
Though often associated with religious morality, 'virtuous' can describe secular good deeds too. SlideVolunteering at the shelter is seen as a virtuous activity, regardless of one's beliefs.