Definitions

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  • n. Virtue, excellence.
  • n. Alternative spelling of arête.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἀρετή. (Wiktionary)
Variant of arête, which is from French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The peaks were known as arete, where two glaciers had crawled up opposite sides of a mountain and formed a jagged, narrow ridge like the blade of a serrated knife.

    The Black Madonna

  • The scriptures I cited above translate the word arete as "virtue.")

    Feast upon the Word Blog

  • Written in the Socratic dialectic style, it attempts to determine the definition of virtue, or arete, meaning in this case virtue in general, rather than particular virtues (e.g. justice, temperance, etc.).

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Written in the Socratic dialectic style, it attempts to determine the definition of virtue, or arete, meaning in this case virtue in general, rather than particular virtues (e.g. justice, temperance, etc.)..

    Jon Aquino's Mental Garden

  • I kind of feel pretty good about all this, as I have more or less graduated from the bunny walls now (finally). * g* After that, my arms were shot, and I tried a 5.9 that's all balance and didn't even have the strength to pull myself up on the arete, though I tried a bunch.

    if you don't like my peaches, baby, why you wanna shake my tree?

  • I was particularly pleased with myself for figuring out one move on the 5.9, which involved standing up, going big, and letting myself fall sideways onto a side-pull to get opposition on the arete.

    changing guns for brooms the guards change to clean up crews

  • Only four walls today, but considering that I was feeling tired and sore and staying off the overhangs, and the walls were an 5.9 - (which I have done before), a 5. 9+ (which I did some time ago but could not duplicate today -- it's the one with the swingy barn door of an arete), a new 5.9, and a 5.8, I feel pretty good about myself.

    changing guns for brooms the guards change to clean up crews

  • Some of it was that I was tired from the earlier route, and some of it was that they put a hold for another route on the damned arete right where my hand goes.

    sha la la la la la la la

  • The ancient Greeks called it arete, and it meant being the best you can be.

    You’re Better Than Your Job Search

  • Adding to the tumultuousness of the modern economy, modern technology has bestowed upon us Google, social networks, blogs and a host of other means for others to learn about your “arete,” your honor, your reputation, your standing, in ways other than speaking directly with you.

    You’re Better Than Your Job Search

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  • arete is the quality that makes something fit for its purpose. The arete of a soldier is his bravery; the arete of a knife is its sharpness. Although commonly translated as "virtue", virtue has an inaccurate moralistic connotation--"excellence" would be a better, yet still insufficient, translation.

    March 16, 2011

  • Usually translated "virtue", pronounced with three syllables.

    October 25, 2010

  • Arete need not be ethical; indeed it need not even be a trait of a person. It is a trait of anything, whatever that thing is, that makes it good at doing what that sort of thing characteristically does. Thus Plato can speak of the arete of a pruning knife.

    From http://www.utilitarian.net/jsmill/about/20040322.htm

    October 25, 2010