im·​mor·​al | \(ˌ)i(m)-ˈmȯr-əl, -ˈmär-\

Definition of immoral 

: not moral broadly : conflicting with generally or traditionally held moral principles

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immorally \(ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​lē, -​ˈmär-​ \ adverb

Examples of immoral in a Sentence

Don't condemn her: there was nothing immoral about what she did. It was immoral of her to tell lies like that.

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Many outsiders view the killing of a marine mammal as an act of barbarism, and Arctic communities don’t take kindly to being told that their only source of local food is immoral and off-limits. Eva Holland, Smithsonian, "Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predator," 16 May 2018 Yet the outrage centered on his old tweets rested on an assumption that Gunn and his jokes were immoral. Aja Romano, Vox, "The “controversy” over journalist Sarah Jeong joining the New York Times, explained," 3 Aug. 2018 This is now President Trump’s policy, and the results are ugly, immoral and disgusting. Jane Garland,, "Detaining migrant children at the border echoes WWII internment of Japanese Americans," 19 June 2018 The original sin of reality television was to predicate it on the eternal battle between moral and immoral. Philip Bump, Town & Country, "Why The Real Housewives Are the Perfect Guilty Pleasure," 30 May 2017 Florida voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s separation of families who enter the U.S. illegally, with half calling it immoral. Anthony Man,, "Florida voters don't support immigrant family separation," 25 June 2018 Complicity with immoral government policies is an easy way for techies to draw a line in the sand. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Trump Stokes Outrage in Silicon Valley—But It's Selective," 20 June 2018 At the rally outside the Customs and Border Protection agency, women religious leaders from all different faiths took turns slamming the policy, calling it immoral and an affront to American values. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "Women religious leaders denounce "zero tolerance'' policy," 19 June 2018 Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s pick who refused to call torture immoral, was confirmed Thursday with the help of several spineless Democrats who voted in favor of Haspel’s becoming the first female director of the CIA. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Trump’s Thug, the Ruthless Gina Haspel, Confirmed as the 1st Female CIA Director," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of immoral

1660, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of immoral

: not morally good or right : morally evil or wrong


im·​mor·​al | \i-ˈmȯr-əl \

Kids Definition of immoral

: not following principles of right and wrong : wicked, bad

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