mo·rale | \mə-ˈral \

Definition of morale 

1 : moral principles, teachings, or conduct

2a : the mental and emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, confidence, or loyalty) of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand The team's morale is high.

b : a sense of common purpose with respect to a group : esprit de corps The ship's morale improved after two days of shore leave.

3 : the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future The failure of his play did not affect his morale.

Examples of morale in a Sentence

The team is playing well and their morale is high. The President's speech boosted the morale of the troops.

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Twenty-odd years ago the repute of the desk was so low in the business, the morale on the desk so depressed, that a series of leaders of the American Society of News Editors started looking for ways to improve the situation. John E. Mcintyre,, "We owe a debt to Hank Glamann," 13 July 2018 Opposition supporters said the army's crushing victories in other rebel strongholds had loomed large over this offensive, breaking morale and encouraging towns and villages to surrender one by one as the bombing intensified. Louisa Loveluck,, "Syrian army raises flag above city considered birthplace of uprising against Assad," 12 July 2018 Along the way, schools that have tried it out found that student attendance went up, along with teacher and student morale. Adam Edelman /, NBC News, "Four-day weeks bring smiles in rural schools. But will they work in big cities?," 21 May 2018 The company also boosts morale with employee discounts on Cincinnati Reds and Kings Island tickets and has teams across the locations that coordinate events for the team members. Alexander Coolidge,, "Top Workplaces Cincinnati: Passion, mission, recognition propel 21 new companies to list," 7 June 2018 Or the work may not pick up as quickly as leadership anticipated, affecting employee morale and potentially resulting in attrition of key talent. Elaine Varelas,, "Worker weighs pros and cons of a four-day week, pay cut," 6 July 2018 Tapping into dynamics that work for everyone is good for morale and the bottom line, Kesebir says. Kristin Wong, Glamour, "Are Women Afraid to Compete With Each Other at Work?," 5 July 2018 Speculation easily dissolves into judgment and gossip, ultimately damaging morale and impacting productivity. Marcie Vaughan, Fortune, "Intel’s CEO Was Forced Out Over an Office Romance. Should It Have Been Allowed?," 22 June 2018 The agency has a high rate of turnover driven by low morale and low pay. Brian Slodysko, Post-Tribune, "Holcomb pledges action on 'culture of fear' at Indiana DCS," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of morale

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for morale

in sense 1, from French, from feminine of moral, adjective; in other senses, modification of French moral morale, from moral, adjective

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English Language Learners Definition of morale

: the feelings of enthusiasm and loyalty that a person or group has about a task or job


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Kids Definition of morale

: the condition of the mind or feelings (as in relation to enthusiasm, spirit, or hope) of an individual or group The team's morale is low.

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