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 Anti-lynching efforts were ultimately successful in reshaping the historical and cultural memory of the brutality and immorality of those deaths. Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020 Williams, in the summer of 1966, then opened the door for baseball immorality by campaigning for the greatest Negro League players to be inducted into Cooperstown during his Hall of Fame speech. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Renaming AL and NL MVP awards after Josh Gibson is the right thing to do," 9 Nov. 2020 Such bigoted associations between atheism and immorality do not align with reality. Phil Zuckerman, The Conversation, "Why is it so hard for atheists to get voted in to Congress?," 5 Oct. 2020 Start teaching and mentoring youth about concern for others in the school system, teach the basic laws of immorality and wrongful behaviors. Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska House District 16 — Paul Bauer," 3 Oct. 2020 Though violent video game use is now considered a risk factor for aggression by the American Psychological Association, on-screen immorality can’t be taken as predictive in and of itself. Erin Blakemore, Popular Science, "Playing bad can shape behavior, but not in the way you think," 28 Sep. 2020 And not every attempt to bring about secession—no matter which partisan side supported it, no matter the morality (or immorality) of the cause—should be considered equally plausible. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, "Could the United States Break Up?," 1 Sep. 2020 Carter worried about American narcissism and immorality. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "How the GOP Became the Party of Resentment," 11 Aug. 2020 Whining about not having a voice among liberal cohorts is becoming the new complaint among Republicans, because their support of this president is rightly viewed as an immorality trying to disguise itself as political virtue. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Possibilities of booming rural economies with internet for all; Tax cut fiscally irresponsible; Republicans should be scorned (3/25/20)," 25 Mar. 2020

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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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30 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Immorality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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