im·​mo·​ral·​i·​ty ˌi-(ˌ)mȯ-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce immorality (audio)
: the quality or state of being immoral
especially : unchastity
: an immoral act or practice

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 But county school boards can remove superintendents from office earlier for immorality, misconduct in office, insubordination, incompetency or willful neglect of duty, according to Maryland law. Nicole Asbury, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 Yes, Orwell was flawed and committed many immoralities in his life, but that does not take away the genius of his work one iota. Amity Shlaes, National Review, 8 Dec. 2023 These spectacles of bad behavior misrepresent our anxieties about power, immorality, and national destiny. Armond White, National Review, 24 Nov. 2023 For Iran’s leaders, Israel and the United States represented immorality, injustice and the greatest threat to Muslim society and Iranian security. Aaron Pilkington, The Conversation, 8 Oct. 2023 Their immorality is not a reflection of their individual failings but a reflection of the infectious petri dish that nurtures their growth. Hazlitt, 27 Sep. 2023 This element of the series was often too on the nose, and much less compelling than the random displays of immorality and wickedness that make the Ushers rotten to the core. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 This included the establishment of Shariat courts, the introduction of punishments for immorality, and the promotion of religious conservatism in schools and universities. Hasan Ali, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Aug. 2023 However, instead of analyzing Richard’s psyche, these choices allow both figures to become caricatures driven solely by greed and immorality. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 10 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of immorality was circa 1566

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“Immorality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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im·​mo·​ral·​i·​ty ˌim-(ˌ)ȯ-ˈral-ət-ē How to pronounce immorality (audio)
plural immoralities
: the quality or state of being immoral
: an immoral act or custom

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