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- n. The four virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. preëminent virtues; among the ancients, prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.
- n. See under Cardinal, a.
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On 2 May, 1758, Benedict XIV declared that Francis de Geranimo had practiced the theological and cardinal virtues in a heroic degree.
The Church favours the opinion that along with grace and charity the four cardinal virtues (and, according to many theologians, their subsidiary virtues also) are communicated to the souls of the just as supernatural habitus, whose office it is to give to the intellect and the will, in their moral relations with created things, a supernatural direction and inclination.
On the contrary, my father might as well have thought of extracting the seven cardinal virtues out of a long beard, — as of extracting a single word out of Rubenius upon the subject.