• WordNet 3.6
    • adj 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"
    • adj moral psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect "a moral victory","moral support"
    • n moral the significance of a story or event "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The way that prostitutes got the nickname "Hooker" was because of a general of the Civil War. General Hooker would keep a number of prostitutes to follow has army and keep his men's moral up. The prostitutes were referred to as "Hookers brigade."
    • Moral A morality play. See Morality, 5.
    • Moral Acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to material and physical; as, moral pressure or support.
    • Moral Capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by a sense of right; subject to the law of duty. "A moral agent is a being capable of those actions that have a moral quality, and which can properly be denominated good or evil in a moral sense."
    • Moral Conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral rather than a religious life. "The wiser and more moral part of mankind."
    • Moral Relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so far as they are properly subject to rules. "Keep at the least within the compass of moral actions, which have in them vice or virtue.""Mankind is broken loose from moral bands.""She had wandered without rule or guidance in a moral wilderness."
    • Moral Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson; moral tales.
    • Moral Supported by reason or probability; practically sufficient; -- opposed to legal or demonstrable; as, a moral evidence; a moral certainty.
    • Moral The doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of living as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; -- usually in the plural. "Corrupt in their morals as vice could make them."
    • Moral The inner meaning or significance of a fable, a narrative, an occurrence, an experience, etc.; the practical lesson which anything is designed or fitted to teach; the doctrine meant to be inculcated by a fiction; a maxim. "Thus may we gather honey from the weed,
      And make a moral of the devil himself."
      "To point a moral , or adorn a tale.""We protest against the principle that the world of pure comedy is one into which no moral enters."
    • v. i Moral To moralize.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • moral Of or pertaining to rules of right conduct; concerning the distinction of right from wrong; ethical. In this sense moral is opposed to non-moral, which denotes the absence of ethical distinctions.
    • moral In accord with, or controlled by, the rules of right conduct: opposed to immoral. In this sense moral is often used specifically of conduct in the sexual relation.
    • moral In a special sense, relating to the private and social duties of men as distinct from civil responsibilities: specifically so used in the Hegelian philosophy.
    • moral Connected with the perception of right and wrong in conduct, especially when this is regarded as an innate power of the mind; connected with or pertaining to the conscience. See moral sense, moral law, below.
    • moral Capable of distinguishing between right and wrong; hence, bound to conform to what is right; subject, to a principle of duty; accountable.
    • moral Depending upon considerations of what generally occurs; resting upon grounds of probability: opposed to demonstrative: as, moral evidence; moral arguments. See moral certainty, under certainty.
    • moral Of or pertaining to morals.
    • moral Having a moral; emblematical; allegorical; symbolical.
    • moral Pertaining to the mind; mental: opposed to physical.
    • moral Pertaining to the will, or conative element of the soul, as distinguished from the intellect or cognitive part. This refers to the usual pre-Kantian division of the soul.
    • moral Moralizing.
    • moral See law.
    • moral Ethics; the science of morality.
    • n moral Morality; the doctrine or practice of the duties of life.
    • n moral plural Conduct; behavior; course of life in regard to right and wrong; specifically, sexual conduct: as, a man of good morals.
    • n moral Moral philosophy; ethics.
    • n moral The doctrine inculcated by a fable, apologue, or fiction; the practical lesson which anything is designed to teach; hence, intent; meaning.
    • n moral An emblem, personification, or allegory; especially, an allegorical drama. See morality. 6.
    • n moral A certainty.
    • n moral An exact likeness; a counterpart.
    • n moral Synonyms See morality.
    • n moral See inference.
    • moral To moralize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Moral mor′al of or belonging to the manners or conduct of men: conformed to right, ethical, virtuous: capable of knowing right and wrong: subject to the moral law: instructing with regard to morals: supported by evidence of reason or probability—opp. to Demonstrative: belonging to the mind, or to the will:
    • n Moral in pl. manners: the doctrine or practice of the duties of life: moral philosophy or ethics: conduct, esp. sexual conduct: in sing. the practical lesson given by anything: an emblem or allegory:
    • v.i Moral to moralise
    • v.i Moral to speak or write on moral subjects: to make moral reflections
    • Moral according to those of moral law
    • adj Moral mor′al (Shak.) moralising
    • n Moral (slang) a certainty, an exact counterpart
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”
  • Robert Owen
    Robert Owen
    “Without consistency there is no moral strength.”
  • William E. Gladstone
    “Nothing that is morally wrong can be politically right.”
  • Aleister Crowley
    “Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “We moralize among ruins.”
  • Marcel Proust
    “We become moral when we are unhappy.”


Moral fibre - Moral fibre is the inner strength to do what you believe to be right in difficult situations Example: He lacked the moral fibre to be leader (In American English the correct spelling is 'fiber'.)
Moral high ground - If people have/take/claim/seize, etc, the moral high ground, they claim that their arguments, beliefs, etc, are morally superior to those being put forward by other people.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct


In literature:

Health and morals have suffered incalculable injury.
"Sex-education" by Maurice Alpheus Bigelow
In this lecture I propose to consider the question whether morality is based on religion or religion on morality.
"An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion" by Frank Byron Jevons
The morally obedient Gentile will sit in judgement on the morally disobedient Jew.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, Vol. I" by Charles Gore
During that time, too, social morality was at a low ebb, owing to a lack of moral restraint.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
But morally this confession was perfectly true; morality with her is only propriety.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
He reconciles faith and morality, and maintains that the highest morality springs out of faith.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
Is there any place in town which affects good morals?
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
The moral order never forgets anything, never overlooks anything.
"Five Young Men" by Charles Reynolds Brown
But the Sophistic theory places the end of morality outside morality.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Don't pester me with your stale lectures on morals.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden

In poetry:

Then beg a blessing from thy God
On all that in the arts delight,
That they may scatter all abroad
True faith, morality, and light.
"Advice, Before Prayer" by Rees Prichard
The Moral: Wives, we must allow,
Who to their husbands will not bow,
A stern and dreadful lesson learn
When, as you've read, they 're cut in turn.
"How The Helpmate Of Blue-Beard Made Free With A Door" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
What requisitions of a verity
Prompted the wit and rage between his teeth
One cannot say. Around a crooked tree
A moral climbs whose name should be a wreath.
"Mr. Pope" by Allen Tate
Her Christian faith, her moral worth,
Her honest pride, her patriot feelings
She gives, and sends her children forth,
With trust in God and Time's revealings.
"On The Departure of The Barque "Fame"" by Janet Hamilton
And as the varying seasons glide away,
This moral lesson shall my bosom learn,
How TIME steals on, while blissful hours decay
Like fleeting shadows;­NEVER to return.
"Stanzas to a Friend" by Mary Darby Robinson
God with a moral mind must be ador'd,
And with a truly Christian awe obey'd:
Where'er you are, you still must serve the Lord;
Whilst life yet lasts, this homage must be paid.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard

In news:

If you live in Tyler and have not heard of the standoff between people who think they stand for everything right and people they find morally reprehensible then you've been missing too much.
The movie Avatar has already become many things to many viewers: science fiction dream, action-adventure epic, visual spectacle, technological triumph, cautionary tale and morality play.
S hould there be a moral component to the immigration debate.
Writing in the Daily Beast, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz challenged Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to a debate about Catholic moral theology.
Roger Cohen is morally anguished by recent events in Gaza and in Israel.
Usually, a trip to a sporting goods store doesn't provoke a moral conundrum.
Clean' Romney, raise the question: How is it that voters loathe Obama, with a personal history of high moral standing and liberal policies, while supporting a conservative with a history of immorality.
I decided for this article I would look at one of the moral and cost tradeoffs we face at the grocery store: whether to buy eggs from caged or cage-free chickens.
And that, according to Lee, is why we also lack a certain moral courage in not recognizing how different the fanatic is.
Look, under normal circumstances books with big flashy morals make me cringe.
There is something satisfying about turning the original story filled with morals and happily-ever-afters into a spoof with hilarious missteps.
Rielle Hunter may not possess a strong moral compass but she sure understands the power of media promotion.
The "Teletubbies" character Tinky Winky is an unlikely target for moral outrage.
Gardening fraught with moral dilemmas, those who do it need to be strong.
Why free enterprise is about morals, not materialism.

In science:

To see this, consider an example discussed by de Campos and Moral.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
There is a moral to this story: in general, the formulation of the variational principle depends on the quantities one wishes to specify on the boundaries of the system.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
This matrix representation is a recent discovery of Cantero, Moral, and Vel´asquez .
The Statistical Distribution of the Zeros of Random Paraorthogonal Polynomials on the Unit Circle
We wish to discuss a class of unitary matrices recently introduced by Cantero, Moral, and Vel´azquez, [CanMorVel1], which play a similar role among unitary matrices.
CMV matrices in random matrix theory and integrable systems: a survey
Barile, M., Morales, M., On the equations defining pro jective monomial curves.
Determinantal ideals and monomial curves in the three-dimensional space