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Virtu   Listen
noun
Virtu  n.  A love of the fine arts; a taste for curiosities.
An article of virtu, or a piece of virtu, an object of art or antiquity; a curiosity, such as those found in museums or private collections. "I had thoughts, in my chambers to place it in view, To be shown to my friends as a piece of virtù."






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Virtu" Quotes from Famous Books



... appeared, ostentatiously dressed and escorted by Mr. Richards, the Vice-President of the Alpha and Omega Club, who seemed to be fairly steady on his legs and was presently absorbed in an artistic examination of a number of silver ornaments, crucifixes, relics and suchlike objects of virtu, which the Duchess had gathered together. He handled them like a connoisseur. Others of that institution had promised to attend the party but, on being overhauled by the conscientious Vice-President, were found to be unpresentable at ...
— South Wind • Norman Douglas



Words linked to "Virtu" :   art object, objet d'art, piece, perceptiveness, appreciation, discernment, taste, connoisseurship, vertu, quality



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