praiseworthy quality

See: merit
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However, I also show how the praiseworthy quality of mercy can be retrieved, if we carefully reconstruct the moral case in its favour outside the law.
Gradually we discover that high-minded service - a praiseworthy quality exemplified by such notable figures as Giuseppe Garibaldi, Giuseppe Mazzini, and the not-so-heroic Francesco Crispi - thrives in a cultural milieu that makes it inextricably bound to and, in some way, dependent upon the self-serving interests of the scum of society.