conformity to the rules of right conduct; or virtuous conduct.
quality or character.
virtue in sexual matters; chastity.
a doctrine or system of .
instruction; a lesson, precept, discourse, or utterance.
Contemporary Examples

The first half of the book is concerned about the science of happiness and the morality of capitalism.
Arthur Brooks’ Road Noah Kristula-Green May 16, 2012

In Ferguson, these values are seen as white values, the morality a white morality.
Prosecutor Used Grand Jury to Let Darren Wilson Walk Tom Nolan November 27, 2014

Sharon Begley reveals why scary flicks give us a powerful feeling of catharsis and reinforce old-fashioned beliefs about morality.
Why Our Brains Love Horror Movies Sharon Begley October 25, 2011

I’m going to start wearing the chador [a head-to-toe cloth covering] because I’m afraid of the morality police.
Iran’s Hardline Fashion Police Babak Dehghanpisheh June 23, 2011

On questions of morality, the hearings prove that the two sides inhabit entirely different planets.
The Hearing From Hell Tunku Varadarajan April 26, 2010

Historical Examples

morality is morality, just because it possesses an absolute authoritativeness which they lack.
Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

Aspasia remained in Athens, triumphant over the laws of religion and morality.
Philothea Lydia Maria Child

Is the morality of your west of London any better than the east?
The Man Who Rose Again Joseph Hocking

An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce

I cannot remember that the morality, or thought, or devotion of a single passage ever struck me on these occasions.
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper

noun (pl) -ties
the quality of being moral
conformity, or degree of conformity, to conventional standards of moral conduct
a system of moral principles
an instruction or lesson in morals
short for morality play

late 14c., “moral qualities,” from Old French moralité “moral (of a story); moral instruction; morals, moral character” (13c.) and directly from Late Latin moralitatem (nominative moralitas) “manner, character,” from Latin moralis (see moral (adj.)). Meaning “goodness” is attested from 1590s.

Where there is no free agency, there can be no morality. Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue. Where the routine is rigorously proscribed by law, the law, and not the man, must have the credit of the conduct. [William H. Prescott, “History of the Conquest of Peru,” 1847]


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