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

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But Vidal is the scheming, spectacularly amoral spider at the center of the novel’s densely woven web of intrigue, obsessed with recovering the Shroud of Antioch not for religious reasons but to serve his own political and religious ambitions. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A lush tale of love and hate and religion and politics," 20 June 2019 By this time, the reader cannot help but admire Dirk, who is cut from the same cloth as those heroically amoral overreachers in Jacobean tragedy. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "‘Black Magic’ is an oft-overlooked thriller. Don’t overlook it.," 5 June 2019 Bobby Cannavale, as a grotesquely amoral middle manager, and Shea Whigham, as a Department of Defense investigator—both in supporting roles—are excellent, too. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "The Unsettling, Paranoia-Inducing Homecoming Is Your Next TV Binge," 2 Nov. 2018 For a consumer, the difference between Gutenbergian editorial curation and Facebook’s algorithm is that between idealistic prescription and amoral prediction. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "Facebook, Snapchat and the Dawn of the Post-Truth Era," 28 May 2018 The script traces the fragmentation of the wealthy, wretched, amoral Essenbeck family during the Nazi party’s rise to power. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 This is, alas, the Yahweh of the early Hebrews, a fickle, petulant, seemingly amoral deity whose childish obsession is with proving himself top banana in the pantheon of primitive gods. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 The ex-husband is uncaring, amoral, self-assured, breezy, confident and a total louse, a convincing case of opposites attracting. Mick Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, "Review: ‘Boundaries’ a trip to nowhere," 3 July 2018 Tess Thompson Talley from Nippa, Kentucky is a disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "American hunter's images of her black giraffe 'trophy kill' spark outrage," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of amoral

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for amoral

see moral entry 1

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