• WordNet 3.6
    • n morality concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
    • n morality motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
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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."
    • Morality A kind of allegorical play, so termed because it consisted of discourses in praise of morality between actors representing such characters as Charity, Faith, Death, Vice, etc. Such plays were occasionally exhibited as late as the reign of Henry VIII.
    • Morality Intent; meaning; moral. "Taketh the morality thereof, good men."
    • Morality The doctrines or rules of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics. "The end of morality is to procure the affections to obey reason, and not to invade it.""The system of morality to be gathered out of . . . ancient sages falls very short of that delivered in the gospel."
    • Morality The practice of the moral duties; rectitude of life; conformity to the standard of right; virtue; as, we often admire the politeness of men whose morality we question.
    • Morality The quality of an action which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the accepted standard of right. "Of moralitee he was the flower.""I am bold to think that morality is capable of demonstration."
    • Morality The relation of conformity or nonconformity to the moral standard or rule; quality of an intention, a character, an action, a principle, or a sentiment, when tried by the standard of right. "The morality of an action is founded in the freedom of that principle, by virtue of which it is in the agent's power, having all things ready and requisite to the performance of an action, either to perform or not perform it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n morality The doctrine or system of duties; morals; ethics.
    • n morality The character of being moral; accord with the rules of right conduct; moral quality; virtuousness: often used in a restricted sense to denote sexual purity.
    • n morality Moral conduct; the practice of the duties inculcated by the moral rules that are recognized as valid; in a general and collective sense, those forms of human conduct which are the subject of moral judgments.
    • n morality Hence The practice of moral duties regarded as apart from and as not based upon vital religious principle.
    • n morality A moral inference or reflection; a moralization; intent; meaning; moral.
    • n morality A kind of drama which succeeded the miracle-plays or mysteries, and in which the persons of the play were abstractions, or allegorical representations of virtues, vices, and mental powers and faculties. A popular feature of the moralities was the introduction of the Devil and a Vice who under many names attended him, and who was finally merged in the fool of the later drama.
    • n morality =Syn. 1-3. Morality, Morals, Manners, Virtue, Ethics. Morality (or morals) and manners stand over against each other as respectively conforming to right or propriety in the great duties and iu the minor forms of action and intercourse. Morality is often popularly applied to conformity to right in that particular in which right conduct is most felt to be important, as chastity or honesty. Virtue is morality of the fullest type and regarded as a part of personal character. Ethics is the technical, as morals is the popular, name for the science of virtue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Morality quality of being moral: that in an action which renders it right or wrong: the practice of moral duties apart from religion: virtue: the doctrine which treats of actions as being right or wrong: ethics: a kind of drama which grew out of mysteries and miracle-plays, and continued in fashion till Elizabeth's time, in which allegorical representations of the virtues and vices were introduced as dramatis personæ
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”
  • George Marshall
    George Marshall
    “Morale is a state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope.”
  • H. A. Hodges
    H. A. Hodges
    “Belief is a moral act for which the believer is to be held responsible.”
  • Denis Breeze
    Denis Breeze
    “The only moral lesson which is suited for a child, the most important lesson for every time of life, is this: Never hurt anybody.”
  • D'Avenant
    “Honor is the moral conscience of the great.”
  • Robert Owen
    Robert Owen
    “Without consistency there is no moral strength.”


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
L. moralitas,: cf. F. moralité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. moralismos, moris, custom.


In literature:

You say you want to be free from moral cowardice; then, copy moral courage wherever you can see it.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
The morality of one age is not the morality of another.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The average country-bred youth has a better foundation for success-building, has greater courage, more moral stamina.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
It should provide moral training and moral exercise.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
The Master gave a spiritual completeness to this law as he did to all enactments requiring external moral character.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
And there are curious moral and religious questions connected with these.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
From the moral standpoint, also, it is argued, its destruction often becomes justifiable in the interests of the community.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
His moral training was against his saying one thing when he meant another.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
In place of a bad moral order it may cease to have any moral order at all.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
For we know the uniform tendencies of the motives or moral causes by which he is habitually influenced, and we know his moral temperament.
"The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings" by John Abercrombie
It perverts every moral and spiritual sense.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Their tendency has been to make the moral law the rule for states as well as persons.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
A man cannot rise by any natural development from "morality touched by emotion," to "morality touched by Life.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
They are not interested in moral improvement or moral education.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Man alone can bring into existence the morally good or the morally bad.
"Gloria Crucis addresses delivered in Lichfield Cathedral Holy Week and Good Friday, 1907" by J. H. Beibitz
The modern peoples have made morals and morality a separate domain, by the side of religion, philosophy, and politics.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
On the other hand, it is well known how speedily and how powerfully bodily ailments react upon our moral natures.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
The morality of the ancient world is here confronted by the morality of the new world.
"Private Sex Advice to Women" by R. B. Armitage
The early demons had no moral character, not any more than the man-eating tiger.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
The moral character of this God, must, of necessity, govern the moral conduct of those who adore him.
"Christianity Unveiled" by Nicolas-Antoine Boulanger

In poetry:

And not a shrub or plant was there
But did some moral yield,
For wisdom, by a father's care,
Was found in ev'ry field.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
He shelved me for a boomerang—
We never had a quarrel;
And, if a moral here doth hang,
Why let it hang—the moral!
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
And now the moral--he who buys
Will comprehend its worth,--
Look not so much to weight and size
As to the date of birth.
"A Fowl Affair" by Hattie Howard
Of moral life we'll take a view;
A scene of tender love pursue;
And as there variations be,
Perhaps we may a quarrel see.
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton
La carrozza che va dall'Ospedale
Al Cimitero, portandovi i morti,
M'ha dati piu` conforti
Che non millanta libri di morale!
"Veritas, Vanitas!" by Ferdinando Fontana
Come Moralizer to the funeral song!
I pour the dirge of the Departed Days,
For well the funeral song
Befits this solemn hour.
"Ode Written On The First Of January" by Robert Southey

In news:

The New York Times has crossed a moral line.
The NBA helped him make a living, but his morals and values helped him make a life.
In 300 years, when machines run the earth, our robot scientist overlords will be able to study our ancient society's morals and taboos via what we allow and eventually embrace in pop culture.
Readership is up at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, but newsroom morale is floundering By Lucia Moses.
On Japan, private equity, nuclear power, vertical farming, morals, Social Security, mating behaviour , the euro.
Burmese President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi must show "moral leadership" if Myanmar is to stem communal violence between Muslims and Buddhists, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said yesterday.
Despite the best efforts of both government and the Moral Majority social police, just like alcohol prohibition in the 1920's both have been total failures.
Now, she's pondering her own morals and values in a series that seems to have lost some of its zest.
shared how hard it is for them to move on with when some people can't get enough of the macabre details of Gram 's death I'm not moralizing about this, I just tried to show of it in my movie.
Defensive coordinator Banks talks about Illini morale.
Teammates have got Javier Morales' back.
Players say learning the new schemes has been challenging, but that team morale is high.
What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom.
But for whatever reason, on this site there's a relative shortage of fuzzy thinking and self-righteous moralizing.
Intervention in Syria Is Morally Justified—and Completely Impractical .

In science:

The main moral of this article is that improved large scale structure and microwave background anisotropy measurements, especially the advent of COBE, have markedly changed this situation, and there are now strong constraints from structure formation which act in the opposite direction to the bubble constraints.
The End for Extended Inflation?
Rovelli and Smolin (1993) have considered the coupling to a scalar field while Matschull and Nicoli (1993a, b) and Morales-T´ecotl and Rovelli (1994) have discussed fermion coupling.
Overview and Outlook
Morales-T´ecotl, H.A. & Rovelli, C. (1994) University of Pittsburgh pre-print.
Overview and Outlook
It is clear “morally” that the homotopy type of the Lie algebra Der(A) should not depend on the choice of A.
Homological algebra of homotopy algebras
From our higher-dimensional point of view we see that they are indeed morally correct.
Euclidean SYM Theories by Time Reduction and Special Holonomy Manifolds
Finally, I am indebted to my mother for her moral support in tough periods.
On Effective Field Theories at Finite Temperature
The moral that we can draw from this is that one must be very careful when dealing with multifractal analysis, especially if there is no special reason to expect a multifractal spectrum.
Analytical results for random walks in the presence of disorder and traps
The moral is that to make a precise statement in this context, many small pieces have to be calculated precisely.
Hadronic Physics
What should be the main topic of discussion at HEP09? What new era in experimental high energy physics will be opening up at that time? In this section, I would like to take very seriously the second moral I drew in Section 2 from the precision electroweak data.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
Morally, they should count the number of morphisms from C to X satisfying certain incidence conditions.
Higher genus curves on toric varieties
Morales. ”WIMP searches at Canfranc with Germanium Detectors”.
Direct detection of WIMPs with conventional (non-cryogenic) detectors. Experimental review
Morales et al. [IGEX Collaboration], hepex/0110061.
Direct detection of WIMPs with conventional (non-cryogenic) detectors. Experimental review
Morales et al., GEDEON, a pro ject for WIMP searches with a set of natural abundance Ge diodes in a single cryostat.
Direct detection of WIMPs with conventional (non-cryogenic) detectors. Experimental review
One moral of Theorems 4.4 and 4.5 is that, at least for rigid SL cones C , more-or-less any sensible definition of SL m-folds with conical singularities is equivalent to Definition 3.7.
Special Lagrangian submanifolds with isolated conical singularities. V. Survey and applications
Recent work on GP Com shows that the mysterious central spike seen in the middle of the double peaked emission lines indeed originates on the accreting white dwarf (Morales-Rueda et al. 2003, Steeghs et al., in prep).
AM CVn stars