golden mean


  • Latin: medium, middle


The mid-way or mean between extremes; the law or norm of virtue according to the Roman adage: In media stat virtus (virtue is in the middle), like the fulcrum of a balance; the supreme characteristic and merit of the Catholic Church, always avoiding excess and deficiency, as in the matter of temperance, recreation, labor, Sunday observance, and in all other regulations of Christian life.

MLA Citation

  • “golden mean”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 December 2010. Web. 23 January 2019. <>