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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Call it the moralization bias: the belief that our cause is moral and just and that anyone who disagrees is not just wrong but immoral. Michael Shermer, Scientific American, "Can We Agree to Outlaw War—Again?," 1 Dec. 2017 Brunt of Bollywood’s backlash Wasim’s post mentioned that being a part of the showbiz threatened her relationship with her religion, implying that the profession was immoral. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Amidst its many crises, India’s obsessing over an 18-year-old’s decision to quit Bollywood," 3 July 2019 President Obama did a heck of a job, to compare him to what this guy is doing is immoral. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, "Joe Biden vs. Bernie Sanders: Second Debate Puts Rivals on Full Display," 28 June 2019 McEnany singled out Ocasio-Cortez’s comments about a system that allows billionaires to exist alongside extreme poverty is immoral. Scott Wartman,, "Hamilton County Republicans rail against AOC at rally for 2020 elections. Here's why they fear her.," 21 June 2019 The findings offer some political affirmation for the Democratic governor who, after calling the death penalty immoral and unjust, stirred up controversy in March by issuing temporary reprieves to more than 700 inmates on California’s death row. Phil Willon, The Mercury News, "California poll: Keep the death penalty, limit executions," 17 June 2019 Political, faith, human-rights leaders and scores of people protesting have called the family separations immoral and un-American. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Huckabee criticized for 'bigotry' over tweet aimed at Dems showing Latino MS-13 gang members," 23 June 2018 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

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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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