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Etymology (grabbed from Google): Middle English: from Old French vertu, from Latin virtus ‘valor, merit, moral perfection,’ from vir ‘man.’
See: User:Seanmcox/Suspect Words List

Alma refers to the virtue of the word.
Alma refers to raped Lamanites as having been deprived of "chastity and virtue". Considering the violence and depravity it makes sense that Moroni might resort to euphemism here. This example is particularly interesting as it is precisely the usage that victims of rape sometimes find most disturbing and hurtful.
The definition, per It is interesting to me to note, that this definition refers to "chastity and moral purity" as if either chastity was not completely encompassed by moral purity, or perhaps, that chastity was a synonym for moral purity. Of the 5 talks listed on this page at the time of writing, one does not use the word virtue, or any form of the word, and of the 4 that remain, only one fails to connect the word with chastity in a way that would suggest that they are synonyms, and that one usage that avoids conflating the terms, was quoting scripture.
  • Virtue, Young Women: Personal Progress
While acknowledging that "Virtue is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards," this resource only gives the examples of "chastity and purity," purity being another abused word often used as a synonym for "chastity". It is interesting to me how "chastity and moral purity" does not sound nearly as redundant to me. I wonder if such a definition might still reflect a failure of the author to disengage from the "chastity" definition of "virtue". This resource also goes on to describe how "The power to create mortal life is an exalted power God has given His children..."
"For pagans, when it came to women, 'virtue' was inseparable from 'wifely virtue.' For late ancient Christians, virtue came to lie almost exclusively in chastity. This chastity could best be demonstrated, perhaps, by visual isolation into a world of women."
"The fourth century saw the concept of virtue deconstructed and reassembled, from Seneca's masculine virtus to the female virgin's power to remain chaste in the face of overwhelming forces of corruption. Eusebius maintained that a virtuous life would be for a woman to surrender to death impassively rather than to face sexual violation."
"Yet the models of virtue open to them were not exclusively Christian; they were also Roman, traditional, and Conservative."