[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
“a person’s moral qualities,” 1610s, plural of moral (n.).
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.
noun 1. the ability to determine the rightness or wrongness of actions.
- Moral support
Emotional or psychological backing, as opposed to material help. For example, There’s not much I can do at the doctor’s office, but I’ll come with you to give you moral support. [ Late 1800s ]
noun 1. the branch of theology dealing with principles of moral conduct. noun 1. the branch of theology dealing with ethics
noun 1. conduct that is regarded as immoral. 2. an instance of such conduct. noun evil character, lack of integrity