[mawr-uh l, mor-] /ˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr-/
of, relating to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical:
expressing or conveying truths or counsel as to right conduct, as a speaker or a literary work.
founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom:
capable of conforming to the rules of right conduct:
a moral being.
conforming to the rules of right conduct (opposed to ):
a moral man.
virtuous in sexual matters; chaste.
of, relating to, or acting on the mind, feelings, will, or character:
resting upon convincing grounds of probability; virtual:
a moral certainty.
the moral teaching or practical lesson contained in a fable, tale, experience, etc.
the embodiment or type of something.
morals, principles or habits with respect to right or wrong conduct.
concerned with or relating to human behaviour, esp the distinction between good and bad or right and wrong behaviour: moral sense
adhering to conventionally accepted standards of conduct
based on a sense of right and wrong according to conscience: moral courage, moral law
having psychological rather than tangible effects: moral support
having the effects but not the appearance of (victory or defeat): a moral victory, a moral defeat
having a strong probability: a moral certainty
(law) (of evidence, etc) based on a knowledge of the tendencies of human nature
the lesson to be obtained from a fable or event: point the moral
a concise truth; maxim
(pl) principles of behaviour in accordance with standards of right and wrong
mid-14c., “pertaining to character or temperament” (good or bad), from Old French moral (14c.) and directly from Latin moralis “proper behavior of a person in society,” literally “pertaining to manners,” coined by Cicero (“De Fato,” II.i) to translate Greek ethikos (see ethics) from Latin mos (genitive moris) “one’s disposition,” in plural, “mores, customs, manners, morals,” of uncertain origin. Perhaps sharing a PIE root with English mood (1).
Meaning “morally good, conforming to moral rules,” is first recorded late 14c. of stories, 1630s of persons. Original value-neutral sense preserved in moral support, moral victory (with sense of “pertaining to character as opposed to physical action”). Related: Morally.
“moral exposition of a story,” c.1500, from moral (adj.) and from French moral and Late Latin morale.
[mawr-uh-lee, mor-] /ˈmɔr ə li, ˈmɒr-/ adverb 1. in a manner. 2. from a point of view: morally reprehensible. 3. . 4. virtually; practically.
noun 1. a political action group formed mainly of Protestant fundamentalists to further strict conservative aims, as strong antiabortion laws, the restoration of school prayer, the teaching of creationism in public schools, and the curbing of books and television programs considered antireligious or immoral. noun 1. a presumed majority of people believed to be in […]
noun 1. philosophy dealing with the principles of morality; ethics. noun 1. the branch of philosophy dealing with both argument about the content of morality and meta-ethical discussion of the nature of moral judgment, language, argument, and value
- Moral rearmament
[ree-ahr-muh-muh nt] /riˈɑr mə mənt/ noun 1. a worldwide movement initiated by Frank Buchman in 1938 as a successor to the Oxford Group, and maintaining that the practice of high morality in public and private life is the key to world betterment. Abbreviation: MRA. noun 1. a worldwide movement for moral and spiritual renewal founded […]