immorality

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n immorality morally objectionable behavior
    • n 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Immorality An immoral act or practice. "Luxury and sloth and then a great drove of heresies and immoralities broke loose among them."
    • Immorality The state or quality of being immoral; vice. "The root of all immorality ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n immorality The character of being immoral; transgression of the moral law; immoral thought or action; wickedness; dissoluteness; licentiousness.
    • n immorality An immoral act or practice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Immorality quality of being immoral: an immoral act or practice
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.”
  • Henry Fielding
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    “Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.”
  • Ellen Key
    Ellen Key
    “Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love.”
  • Jean Anouilh
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    “The only immorality is not to do what one has to do when one has to do it.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
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    “What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. immoralité,

Usage

In literature:

When he is immoral it is in the bargain; if you do not want him you leave him, or do not go to him at all.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
It led to infidelity, to immorality, and to a return to many pagan practices.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
History tells us in its every page, that the decline and downfall of nations have ever been caused by irreligion and immorality.
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
A study of our political history shows that the attitude of the courts has been responsible for much of our political immorality.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
Modern Hinduism is also guilty of harbouring and fostering immorality.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
As to the immorality of the law, so far as we can discover, the whole stress of the argument in the affirmative rests on two assumptions.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
In the other cases it was regarded as immoral to use the beverage.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
Municipal Socialism would entirely remove any temptation to commit these immoral actions.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
Certain things conflict with established custom, without its being permissible for us to speak of them as immoral.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
I know it is immoral to say so, but I did not want to live any longer, truly I didn't.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
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In poetry:

And if she sees immoral trash,
She treats it very cool and rash,
And all her soul seems in a flash—
She shuns it.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Reckons gross and ignoble my teaching,
Immoral my story,
My love-lights a lure, that my species
May gather and gain.
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
There all the faithless folks shall go,
Who vile, immoral actions do,
Who out of doors their houses cast,
And love, like swine, a long repast.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
One says he is immoral, and points out
Warm sin in ruddy specks upon his soul:
Bigot, one folly of the man you flout
Is more to God than thy lean life is whole.
"On The Morals of Poets" by Richard Le Gallienne
All honour unto Bangs, for ne'er did Jones thereafter know
By word or act official who read off that helio.
But the tale is on the Frontier, and from Michni to Mooltan
They know the worthy General as "that most immoral man."
"A Code of Morals" by Rudyard Kipling
She wanted to ride, and her father bought her a horse,
And by giving her such indulgences, in morals she grew worse;
And by her immoral actions she broke her father's heart;
And, in my opinion, she has acted a very ungrateful part.
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The Risks of Obama's Immoral Drone War.
Bishop Louis Kébreau's immoral advice to Martelly.
David discovered that there is no hidden and guilt-free immorality .
ADL's ' immoral ' genocide stand.
Is a Couple's 29 Year Age Gap Immoral .
Too Immoral for Teddy Kennedy's Seat.
Russian Premier Calls Nazi-Soviet Pact Immoral .
Twitter, Facebook Won't Make You Immoral — But TV News Might.
Intelligence Pick Calls Torture Immoral , Ineffective.
British lawmakers on Monday accused major multinational companies including Starbucks, Google and Amazon of immoral tax avoidance , while Starbucks announced it is reviewing its British tax practices in a bid to restore public trust.
T he British government said Monday it would spend more money catching tax avoiders, after a lawmakers' committee accused major multinational companies including Starbucks, Google and Amazon of "immorally" dodging tax.
Voters should replace a death penalty process that is wasteful, immoral and discriminatory.
It has been believed to be immoral to use drugs.
Every time we witness a natural disaster, be it hurricane, earthquake or tornado, there's at least one twit who feels the need to jump up and shout that it's due to immoral behavior.
A recent letter to the editor suggested that America made an immoral decision on Election Day when voters reelected President Obama.
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In science:

While it is not just immoral to take advantage of these countries and use them as cheap waste dumps, it also bears hazards for humans and the environment in the affected countries.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
It has come, of late, to seem almost immoral to have a telescope without adaptive optics or interferometry, especially a large one, though the first science for laser guide star AO on an 8-10 m class mirror came only in late 2004 (Wizinowitch et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
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