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 So too did Greenfield, as an amoral best man who’s suspiciously good at cleaning up crime scenes. Nate Jones, Vulture, "How Promising Young Woman Turned Millennial Icons Into Toxic Nice Guys," 1 Apr. 2021 North Korea’s cybercrime perpetrators often seem like faceless, amoral criminals. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Incredible Rise of North Korea’s Hacking Army," 19 Apr. 2021 There's also a cat named The Cat, voiced by Kate Mulgrew with amoral relish. Darren Franich,, "Infinity Train is your next great discovery: Review," 16 Apr. 2021 Instead, Blakeson's film is gleefully amoral, less concerned with judging its obviously heinous characters than crafting a satire of American capitalism as a system where human trafficking is a mode of doing business. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Review: A compellingly cruel Rosamund Pike in 'I Care a Lot'," 17 Feb. 2021 Trainspotting, the rare junkie movie that does work, offsetting heroin-use horrors with the right amount of amoral energy. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "In Cherry, a Troubled Veteran Turns to Drugs and Crime. Everyone—Including the Audience—Suffers," 12 Mar. 2021 The company is both feared as an amoral, data-hungry predator and mocked for its overrated products. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Vaccines are Free at CVS and Walgreens. You’re What’s for Sale.," 3 Mar. 2021 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

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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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4 May 2021

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“Amoral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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