im·​mor·​al | \ (ˌ)i(m)-ˈmȯr-əl How to pronounce immoral (audio) , -ˈmär-\

Definition of immoral

: not moral broadly : conflicting with generally or traditionally held moral principles

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immorally \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce immorally (audio) , -​ˈmär-​ \ adverb

Examples of immoral in a Sentence

Don't condemn her: there was nothing immoral about what she did. It was immoral of her to tell lies like that.

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By 1875, Architect magazine had published an essay declaring that a bedroom used for anything other than sleeping was unwholesome and immoral. Brian Fagan, The Conversation, "The bizarre social history of beds," 13 Sep. 2019 The talking points mentioned arguably fail to provide a complete picture of the issue, making the Democratic viewpoint appear senseless or immoral. Renae Reints, Fortune, "4 ‘Republican Talking Points’ Called Out by 2020 Candidates During the Democratic Debate," 1 Aug. 2019 The idea rankled the design establishment, which lambasted Gilman’s ideas as socially irresponsible and immoral. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The utopian ‘feminist apartment hotels’ of Charlotte Perkins Gilman," 24 July 2019 Or of sharpening a slight competitive edge in a society where the individual is increasingly made to feel that ceding any possible advantage or passing up any opportunity for profit is irresponsible, maybe immoral. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The all-too-understandable urge to buy a better brain," 8 July 2019 Google’s chat solution is increasingly looking out of touch — even immoral. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google is finally taking charge of the RCS rollout," 17 June 2019 For centuries, it was considered not just uncouth, but immoral for a pregnant woman to simply be seen in public. Amelia Harnish,, "We've Reached Peak Party. Now What?," 1 June 2019 Activists, philosophers, and politicians are increasingly beginning to make this very claim about climate change: that inaction is not only irrational, a profound threat to our own sense of self-preservation, but immoral. Nathaniel Rich, Harper's magazine, "Ruina Mundi," 10 May 2019 Shortly after Republicans accused him of being soft on teachers guilty of improper and immoral conduct, state schools Superintendent Tony Evers cracked down. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Teacher revocations spike under Tony Evers after GOP accuses him of being tardy on issue," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of immoral

1660, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of immoral

: not morally good or right : morally evil or wrong


im·​mor·​al | \ i-ˈmȯr-əl How to pronounce immoral (audio) \

Kids Definition of immoral

: not following principles of right and wrong : wicked, bad

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