verbverb virtue-signals, verb virtue-signalling, verb virtue-signalled; US verb virtue-signaling, US verb virtue-signaled[no object] derogatory
Publicly express opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one's good character or social conscience or the moral correctness of one's position on a particular issue.
- ‘maybe he just wanted to virtue-signal and demonstrate his supposed open-mindedness’
- ‘he virtue-signalled his inherent goodness at every opportunity’
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