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vir·tu / ˌvərˈtoō/ (also ver·tu) • n. 1. knowledge of or expertise in the fine arts. ∎  curios or objets d'art collectively. 2. poetic/lit. the good qualities inherent in a person or thing. PHRASES: article (or object) of virtu an article that is interesting because of its antiquity, beauty, quality of workmanship, etc.

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virtu, vertu taste for works of art. XVIII. — It. virtù (see next) used in this sense.

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