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

Other Words from immoral

immorally \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce immoral (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Allowing sanctions avoidance is immoral and unnecessary for business purposes because there is plenty of untapped availability in North America. WSJ, 6 Apr. 2022 In August 2019, the DPI ruled that there was no probable cause to believe Lichte engaged in immoral conduct. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Dec. 2021 In an equitable world, actions like these would be immoral and unethical. Tahir Amin, STAT, 10 Dec. 2021 Decrying the law as immoral and antisemitic, Lapid recalled Israel’s top diplomat in Warsaw. Fox News, 4 Sep. 2021 Perhaps more than their counterparts anywhere on earth, and perhaps with excellent reason, German artists peer into how respectable burghers can make the kinds of immoral choices that lead their nation astray. Kyle Smith, National Review, 9 Mar. 2022 Vladimir Putin is a monster whose cause is unjust and immoral. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 28 Feb. 2022 Newsom announced a moratorium on executions in March 2019, calling the death penalty discriminatory and immoral. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Jan. 2022 In moral thought-action fusion, a person holds the conviction that thinking something wrong or immoral is as bad as actually doing it. Eleanor Cummins, Wired, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of immoral

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Immoral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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