areté: moral goodness, i.e. virtueOriginal Word: ἀρετή, ῆς, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (ar-et'-ay)
Short Definition: virtue, moral excellence, perfection
Definition: goodness, a gracious act, virtue, uprightness.
703 arétē – properly, virtue ("moral excellence") which is displayed to enrich life.
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
of uncertain origin
moral goodness, i.e. virtue
excellence (2), excellencies (1), moral excellence (2).
Thayer's Greek LexiconSTRONGS NT 703: ἀρετή
ἀρετή, ἀρετῆς, ἡ (see ἄρα at the beginning), a word of very wide signification in Greek writings; any excellence of a person (in body or mind) or of a thing, an eminent endowment, property or quality. Used of the human mind and in an ethical sense, it denotes:
1. a virtuous course of thought, feeling and action; virtue, moral goodness (Wis. 4:1 Wis. 5:13; often in 4 Macc. and in Greek writings): 2 Peter 1:5 (others take it here specifically, viz. moral vigor; cf. next entry).
2. any particular moral excellence, as modesty, purity; hence (plural αἱ ἀρεταί, Wis. 8:7; often in 4 Macc. and in the Greek philosophers) τίς ἀρετή, Philippians 4:8. Used of God, it denotes a. his power: 2 Peter 1:3.
b. in the plural his excellences, perfections, 'which shine forth in our gratuitous calling and in the whole work of our salvation' (John Gerhard): 1 Peter 2:9. (In the Sept. for הוד splendor, glory, Habakkuk 3:3, of God; Zechariah 6:13, of the Messiah; in plural for תְּהִלּות praises, of God, Isaiah 43:21; Isaiah 42:12; Isaiah 63:7.) From the same as arrhen; properly, manliness (valor), i.e. Excellence (intrinsic or attributed) -- praise, virtue. see GREEK arrhen
From the same as arrhen; properly, manliness (valor), i.e. Excellence (intrinsic or attributed) -- praise, virtue.
see GREEK arrhen
Englishman's ConcordanceStrong's Greek 703
ἀρετὰς — 1 Occ.
ἀρετὴ — 3 Occ.
ἀρετήν — 1 Occ.
Philippians 4:8 N-NFS
GRK: εἴ τις ἀρετὴ καὶ εἴ
NAS: there is any excellence and if
KJV: if [there be] any virtue, and
INT: if any excellence and if
1 Peter 2:9 N-AFP