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 Reasons for removal could include abuse of power, neglect, gross immorality, drunkenness, misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance, according to Ohio law. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 9 May 2022 And the politicians of these countries have put their citizens in this situation of immorality, because the only choice the citizens have is to observe online, in real time, how city after city of Ukraine is destroyed. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 The immorality, jobbery and mismanagement Cornwallis contended with in India can hardly be exaggerated. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2022 These left-wing trends will only grow in popularity if conservatives embody the caricature progressives would draw of them by declining to recognize the immorality of racial hatreds in all places and times, including Congress in 2021. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 10 Mar. 2022 Other birds engage in kleptoparasitism, but the violent glory of the bald’s midair robberies earned it a reputation for laziness and immorality. Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic, 15 Feb. 2022 The sequel to this story might entice Ethan to rejoin his brother Joel on a murky Coen brothers immorality tale. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 But in addition to the immorality of inflicting death on civilians, errant strikes and collateral damage come with a terrorism risk. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 17 Sep. 2021 There were concerns about the behavior of the ancient gods — their immorality and violence. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of immorality

circa 1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Immorality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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