was a specific virtue in Ancient Rome. It does not mean virtue in general, but something more like valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth (perceived masculine strengths, which may indicate its derivation from vir, man).
Although the Deviant Gentleman felt he didn't behold virtus, he was very wrong. He was and is indeed a fine gentleman of many great virtues, including all that virtus beholds.
by Bret Michaels January 01, 2008