To take a conspicuous but essentially useless action ostensibly to support a good cause but actually to show off how much more moral you are than everybody else.
Fred: I see George has changed his profile picture to show his support for refugees.
Barbara: Has he donated money or time? Is he giving English lessons? Is he making a room available?
Fred: No, no, he's just virtue signalling.
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Taking a selfie with a COVID mask to show that you are complying with CDC recommendations to protect your neighbor even though you are perfectly healthy.

Also...adding a "frame" to your profile picture saying that you got vaccinated.
She posted another masked selfie...she is just virtue signaling
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Dynasty of Virtue is the latest edition of clan ripoffs in the world of Runescape. Their two leaders consist of a nerd with a thesaurus and an emo who cuts himself and prances around the game as a female. Dynasty of Virtue is often referred to as DO, and they are not actually a clan, only a copy of a clan. See also: douchebag, cock smoker, meatspin, and fake.
Wow we raped DO in a battle last night but then they hacked our forums because the lack of lube left them very sore. I guess Dynasty of Virtue just doesn't deserve the V in DOV.
by Fuhrer Tacko June 30, 2006
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Saying you love or hate something to show off what a virtuous person you are, instead of actually trying to fix the problem.
Jane: "Wow! I hate Fox News! They're so evil and they hate women!"
John: "Why don't you actually do something instead of just virtue signalling about it?"
Jane: "OMG that would be WAAAAAAY too much work" *goes back to shitposting on twitter*
by Juz16 November 3, 2015
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These are known as the polar opposites of the known Seven Deadly Sins. Though not truly known or accepted, they make alot of sense in accord to the sins they oppose:

1. Humility - virtue against Pride. The abundance of silence and accepting ridicule while mastering personal preserverance.
2. Love - virtue against Envy. Inhuman desire to seek the goodness of others for their sake.
3. Kindness - virtue against Wrath. Opening the heart to others with patience, compassion and peace.
4. Zeal - virtue against Sloth. Uncalmly call to action and command, if ordained by God otherwise by personal preserverance.
5. Generosity - virtue against Avaraice/Greed. Similar to Kindness, it is the willingness to accept others by means of letting them acquire credit or praise. Otherwise known as charity.
6. Faith and Temperance - virtue against Gluttony. Accepting the natural limits within a natural balance, it is the human boundaries of stress bound and found.
7. Self Control/Abstinence - virtue against Lust. Prevention of the soul from suffocation. Restraint from the eagerness of pleasure and continued use or consumption of desires.
Humility: I'll admit it. I liked the Carebears... alot.
Love: No! It's not true! He can't be gay!
Kindness: San Francisco! Lend me your rainbow flags!
Zeal: WE ARE GAY!!!
Faith and Temperance: That's enough! ENOUGH! There's BLOOD already!
Self Control/Abstinence - Alright fine you win, but next time...
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What celebrities, politicians and companies do when they are trying to be politically woke.
J. K. Rowling: Btw, Dumbledore was in a passionate gay relationship.
Everyone: Uh, ok... Where is that in the books and movies?
J. K. Rowling: Nowhere, i just made it so.
Everyone: Why are you saying this only now? Back in 2007 (when the last Harry Potter book came out) only one state had gay marriage legalized. Don't you think the LGBTQ community would have liked your support more back then?
J. K. Rowling: ...
Everyone: ...
J. K. Rowling: Well... but now he is SUPER gay.
Everyone, to each other: man, virtue signalling like this is just so pretentious.
J. K. Rowling: Also, have you heard about Hermione?
Everyone: please stop.
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What Chris Cuomo certainly is not.
I don't know who you'd consider a paragon of virtue, but it's certainly not supposed to be Chris Cuomo.
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