amoral

adjective
amor·​al | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈmȯr-əl How to pronounce amoral (audio) , (ˌ)a-, -ˈmär- \

Definition of amoral

1a : having or showing no concern about whether behavior is morally right or wrong amoral politicians an amoral, selfish person
b : being neither moral nor immoral specifically : lying outside the sphere to which moral judgments apply Science as such is completely amoral. — W. S. Thompson
2 : being outside or beyond the moral order or a particular code of morals amoral customs

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Other Words from amoral

amoralism \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce amoral (audio) , (ˌ)a-​ , -​ˈmär-​ \ noun
amorality \ ˌā-​mə-​ˈra-​lə-​tē How to pronounce amoral (audio) , ˌa-​ , -​(ˌ)mȯ-​ \ noun
amorally \ ˌā-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce amoral (audio) , (ˌ)a-​ , -​ˈmär-​ \ adverb

Examples of amoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet also heartless, deeply amoral, selfish, exploitive, cold. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, "Amazon Is A Marvel Of Digital Capitalism And That Is The Problem," 28 Feb. 2021 Trump, an amoral bully, understands this base instinct well. Editorial Board, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Editorial: Ron Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald and Tom Tiffany should resign or be expelled for siding with Trump against our republic," 7 Jan. 2021 Good riddance to the fake redneck, the cancer-charity grifter, and the amoral Florida Woman. Elizabeth Spiers, The New Republic, "Farewell to Trump’s Baby Sociopaths," 20 Jan. 2021 Popovich’s condemnation had more to do with Trumpian values that the coach — a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy — perceived to be amoral, unjust and incongruent with America’s stated mission statement. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich gives NBA coaches courage to speak out on social issues," 21 Jan. 2021 But nobody thinks politics is much fun anymore, and the notion of covering politics as an amoral sport has become repellent to Americans. New York Times, "They Seem to Think the Next Four Years Will Be Normal," 3 Jan. 2021 The son of a morally weak, criminal father and an amoral, remorseless mother who are pioneers in the outback, Ned rebels, seeking revenge as something of a birthright. Armond White, National Review, "2020’s Great Gangsta Epic," 18 Dec. 2020 There were many other small banks that flourished and collapsed, usually because some amoral New York financier had cornered the brass market. Star Tribune, "Lileks: Another local name, kaput," 18 Dec. 2020 This is cinematic noir at its Mickey Spillaniest, with corrupt institutions, amoral politicians, femme fatales and sleazy underworld characters. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "Two graphic novel anthologies that deserve your attention," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of amoral

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for amoral

a- entry 2 + moral entry 1

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5 Mar 2021

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“Amoral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amoral. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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