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These adjectives mean in accord with right or good conduct. Moral applies to personal character and behavior: "Our moral sense dictates a clearcut preference for these societies which share with us an abiding respect for individual human rights" (Jimmy Carter).
Ethical stresses idealistic standards of right and wrong: "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants" (Omar Bradley).
Virtuous implies moral excellence and loftiness of character: "The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous" (Frederick Douglass).
Righteous emphasizes moral uprightness; when it is applied to actions, reactions, or impulses, it often implies justifiable outrage: "It was righteous anger that motivated letters written by whistle-blowing employees" (Sandra P. Thomas).
mor•al(ˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr-)
- iniquity - Absence of moral or spiritual values or an unjust act, it is a combination of in-, "not," and aequus, "equal, just," from Latin.
- moral, morality - Latin mor/mos, "custom," is the starting point of moral, morality, and other related words.
- morate - Means "well-mannered, moral, respectable."
- epimyth - The moral of a story.
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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.||moral - the significance of a story or event; "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"|
|Adj.||1.||moral - concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles; "moral sense"; "a moral scrutiny"; "a moral lesson"; "a moral quandary"; "moral convictions"; "a moral life"|
chaste - morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse); "a holy woman innocent and chaste"
good - morally admirable
honourable, honorable - worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country"
righteous - characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice; "the...prayer of a righteous man availeth much"- James 5:16
virtuous - morally excellent
immoral - deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
|2.||moral - psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect; "a moral victory"; "moral support"|
mental - involving the mind or an intellectual process; "mental images of happy times"; "mental calculations"; "in a terrible mental state"; "mental suffering"; "free from mental defects"
good immoral, unfair, improper, unjust, dishonest, sinful, unethical, amoral, dishonourable
"An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable" [George Bernard Shaw Man and Superman]
"Food first, then morals" [Bertolt Brecht The Threepenny Opera]
I have a moral responsibility for what happened → me siento moralmente responsable de lo que ocurrió
a fall in moral standards → una decadencia moral
moral fibre → fibra f moral
on moral grounds → por razones morales
the moral majority → la mayoría moral