A virtue is a character trait or quality valued as being good. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting individual and collective well-being, and thus good by definition.

The Greek term for virtue is arête which was used for excellence of any kind. But generally the excellence referred to is an excellence belonging to human person so that the virtues may be described as the forms of human excellence.‘Virtue’ which comes from the Latin virtus means moral excellence,

(a) A virtue is a quality of character – a disposition to do what is right in a particular direction, or to perform one of the more universal duties.

(b) A virtue is also a habit of action corresponding to the quality of character or disposition. We may refer to the honesty of a human person, or to the honesty of his dealings equally as virtues.