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
Recent Examples on the Web Because the authorities do not clearly define what constitutes immorality, teachers face inconsistent standards that are constantly changing. Kyle Greenwalt, The Conversation, "Even when they aren’t fired for being pregnant or gay, teachers face strict moral demands," 22 Oct. 2019 Authorities are cracking down on homosexuality as part of a wider drive against prostitution and immorality. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Tanzania’s anti-gay crackdown," 3 Nov. 2018 But Scafaria never takes the easy way out, never entirely tips the balance in one character’s favor or tuts at another’s immorality or misbehavior. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jennifer Lopez Is Utterly Mesmerizing in Hustlers," 11 Sep. 2019 For nearly a century, critics have accused Boas and his successors of everything from justifying immorality to furthering the batty idea that the United States might not be the greatest country that has ever existed. Charles King, Washington Post, "The anthropologists who upended the ‘science’ of white supremacy," 2 Aug. 2019 This is just a combination of too many factors––corruption, immorality, hate speech against women. Gina Martinez, Time, "Some of Puerto Rico's Biggest Stars Have Joined Protests Against the Governor. Here's What to Know," 18 July 2019 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

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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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Immorality.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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to constrict the range or activity of

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