Cardinal virtues

All Sources -
Updated Media sources (1) About content Print Topic Share Topic
views updated

Cardinal virtues (Lat., cardo, ‘hinge’). Four particular virtues in Christianity, on which all others are said to depend: prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance. They were extended by the Scholastics to seven, by adding the three ‘theological virtues’ of faith, hope, and charity.

views updated

Cardinal Virtues (Virtutes Cardinales). Justice, Prudence, Temperance, and Fortitude, as distinguished from the Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope, and Charity), often personified.