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mo•ral•i•ty(məˈræl ɪ ti, mɔ-)
n., pl. -ties for 4–6.
- As moral as any elder of the church —Rumer Godden
- Morality, like language, is an invented structure for conserving and communicating order —Jane Rule
- Morality without religion is a tree without roots —George Bernard Shaw
- Moral principles are like measles. They have to be caught —Aldous Huxley
- Morals are an acquirement, like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis, no man is born with them —Mark Twain
- The moral system of the universe is like a document written in alternate ciphers, which change from line to line —J. A. Froude
- Turning the other cheek is a kind of moral jiu-jitsu —Gerald Stanley Lee
- Wore her morality like long underwear —Delmore Schwartz Schwartz followed this entry in his journal with several alternative comparisons: “Fur coat, chemise, a rope of pearls.”
moral morality morale
Moral (/mɒrəl/) can be an adjective, a count noun, or a plural noun.
When you use it as an adjective, it means 'relating to right and wrong behaviour'.
The moral of a story is what it teaches you about how you should or should not behave.
Morals are principles of behaviour.
Morality (/məræləti/) is the idea that some forms of behaviour are right and others are wrong.
Your morale (/mɒrɑːl/) is the amount of confidence you have when you are in a difficult or dangerous situation.
|Noun||1.||morality - concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct|
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
righteousness - adhering to moral principles
rightness - according with conscience or morality
conscience - conformity to one's own sense of right conduct; "a person of unflagging conscience"
immorality - the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"
|2.||morality - motivation based on ideas of right and wrong|
motivation, motive, need - the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
hedonism - the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle
conscience, moral sense, scruples, sense of right and wrong - motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
"Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual" [Friedrich Nietzsche Die fröhliche Wissenschaft]
"Morality is a private and costly luxury" [Henry Brooks Adams The Education of Henry Adams]
"One becomes moral as soon as one is unhappy" [Marcel Proust Within a Budding Grove]
"Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered" [Graham Greene A Sort of Life]