morale

noun
mo·​rale | \ mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio) \

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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If Humu identifies a morale problem, such as a feeling among employees that their boss is making questionable decisions or being too secretive, the platform might nudge the manager to explain his decisions more clearly, Mr. Bock says. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Robots That Manage the Managers," 15 Apr. 2019 Employee morale is down, calls for quitting Facebook are growing louder, and the founders of two of its most popular products — WhatsApp and Instagram — have resigned. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook’s very bad year, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Sometimes, even the most mundane of tasks (putting stamps on envelopes to be sent out) can have a massive impact on the morale of the campaign. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How To Volunteer For A Political Campaign and Change The World," 25 Jan. 2019 Subway crime declined, riders felt safer, and the morale of the Transit Police improved. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Idea That Made America’s Cities Safer," 29 Dec. 2018 The Socceroos had not won outside Australia since 2016 until the Prague result, but now head to Russia with two morale-boosting warm-up victories in a row. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Australia upend Hungary in last World Cup friendly," 9 June 2018 Mesut Ozil gave the world champions an 11th minute lead but second half goals from Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schopf gave Austria, who did not qualify for the World Cup, a morale-boosting win. SI.com, "Joachim Low Criticises 'Sloppy' Germany After World Champions' Poor Form Continues in Austria," 3 June 2018 Free food provided by Amtrak has been served by crew members eager to help maintain the chipper morale. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amtrak Train with 183 People On Board Has Been Stranded in Oregon Snow for 36 Hours," 26 Feb. 2019 At Burberry, in a vast show, Riccardo Tisci reframed and upgraded his memories of ’90s London; an endorsement of the great street and club styles, which helped raise morale the last time the British economy was down. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of London Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019

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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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morale

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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

morale

noun
mo·​rale | \ mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio) \

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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