im·​mor·​al | \ (ˌ)i(m)-ˈmȯr-əl How to pronounce immoral (audio) , -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 How to pronounce immorally (audio) , -​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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An online petition launched Tuesday by Boston activist Evan Greer is urging the university to end the contract, asserting that any collaboration with ICE is immoral and irresponsible. J.d. Capelouto,, "Northeastern University comes under fire for receiving millions from ICE through research contract," 5 July 2018 Advocates maintain that the vast majority of asylum claims are legitimate, and that stacking the deck against immigrants fleeing dangerous situations is immoral and contrary to international law. Leyla Santiago, CNN, "The migrant caravan's next steps may be an even tougher journey," 20 Apr. 2018 Like many young people today, Nick wonders if becoming a billionaire is inherently immoral when poverty is still widespread. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "When Charlie Munger Calls, Listen and Learn," 25 Jan. 2019 Surrogacy has long been a complex, mysterious, and, to some, immoral way of having children. Danielle Mcnally, Marie Claire, "5 Women Get Candid About Why They Chose to Carry Someone Else’s Child," 1 Oct. 2018 This passage has long been used to justify immoral, un-Christian policies under the guise of the government protecting its citizens. Ed Stetzer, Vox, "Fellow evangelicals: stop falling for Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric," 6 Nov. 2018 Religious people feel deeper emotions than those who don't follow a faith after committing moral or immoral acts. Kelly Potts, Woman's Day, "Study Shows Religious and Nonreligious Are Equally Likely to Do Kind Things," 18 Sep. 2014 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

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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 How to pronounce immoral (audio) \

Kids Definition of immoral

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

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