immorality

noun
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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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, BostonGlobe.com, "United Methodist Church chides Jeff Sessions over border policy," 20 June 2018 At the end of the day, Mattis proved ineffective or uninterested in preventing shocking abuses of power and flagrant immorality only to throw down over a perfectly legitimate order from the commander in chief. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 The experience not only shaped his own personal views on both the immorality and ineffectiveness of torture, but also endowed him with a level of credibility and moral authority on the subject that few others could match. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Sen. John McCain’s complicated moral legacy on torture," 26 Aug. 2018 This week, more than 600 members of Sessions' denomination, the United Methodist Church, signed a letter accusing him of child abuse, immorality and racial discrimination. CBS News, "Some pro-family groups silent, while others speak up on family separations," 22 June 2018 The trend was especially pronounced among white evangelicals, who strongly supported Trump and went from being the least likely to the most likely to agree that a candidate’s personal immorality had nothing to do with public service. Jeremy W. Peters, BostonGlobe.com, "Republican voters feel a deepening bond to Trump," 24 June 2018 The trend was especially pronounced among white evangelicals, who strongly supported Mr. Trump and went from being the least likely to the most likely to agree that a candidate’s personal immorality had nothing to do with public service. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "As Critics Assail Trump, His Supporters Dig In Deeper," 23 June 2018 Liberty without law leads to chaos, immorality and violence. Joe Lieberman, WSJ, "A Holiday for the Rule of Law," 17 May 2018 Barrett, a Kentucky feudist, had previously been convicted of moonshining, arrested for the murder of his mother and sister (which ended with the jury deadlocked) and arrested for violating immorality laws by living with a 14-year-old girl. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Retro Indy: The execution of George Barrett," 24 Mar. 2014

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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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immorality

noun
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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