from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A virtue modified by considerations of prudence or conventionality.
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The world resents a half-virtue, and the world is right It is the half-virtue which breeds hypocrisy and self-deception, and these are the most despicable of human vices.
Mary had the solitary and heroic half-virtue of the Tudors: she was a patriot.
We feel indeed divided within ourselves, and we need to be unified; but the inward unification is possible only for the absolutely debauched or the absolutely good man; there is no _via media_; half-virtue rends us ....