im·​mo·​ral·​i·​ty | \ ˌi-(ˌ)mȯ-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce immorality (audio) , ˌi-mə-\

Definition of immorality

1 : the quality or state of being immoral especially : unchastity
2 : an immoral act or practice

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Examples of immorality in a Sentence

religious denominations that regard drinking, smoking, and even dancing as examples of immorality a sermon about modern society's casual acceptance of or indifference to immorality

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Proponents of the bill cited the expense, inefficiency and immorality of death sentences., "Could new limits on aggravated murder hollow out Oregon’s death row?," 24 Aug. 2019 He and his followers were forced to flee Rome under threat of a trial for corruption and immorality. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 Get our daily newsletter The heart of Justice Kagan’s opinion in Iancu v Brunetti is her analysis of immorality and scandalousness, the two concepts the PTO relied upon to deny FUCT a registration. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court strikes down a bar on offensive trademarks," 25 June 2019 Previous immorality negated any claims to protection by the law. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 At the end of the decade, Franco, Simaro, and other band members were imprisoned, ostensibly for immorality. Nicolas Niarchos, The New Yorker, "The Death of Simaro Lutumba Closes a Chapter of Congolese Music," 26 June 2019 Not in the opinion of those who feared that the characters’ immorality would only feed anti-Semitism. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: ‘Indecent’ at the Ahmanson pays haunting tribute to a daring Yiddish play," 11 June 2019 The contract also lists grounds for being fired, which are laid out in state law: misconduct in office, immorality, insubordination, incompetence or willful neglect of duty. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "The Prince George’s schools chief said he was quitting. So why is he still there?," 5 July 2018 Members of the United Methodist Church from across the country signed a letter Monday accusing Sessions of child abuse, immorality and racial discrimination. Deb Riechmann,, "United Methodist Church chides Jeff Sessions over border policy," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of immorality

circa 1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of immorality was circa 1566

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im·​mo·​ral·​i·​ty | \ ˌi-mȯ-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce immorality (audio) \
plural immoralities

Kids Definition of immorality

: the quality or state of being without principles of right and wrong

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