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.
Recent Examples on the Web When morale and money hit rock bottom, Alejandro came up with a plan. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "The spectacular tale of a stranded circus—and its great escape from Honduras," 27 July 2020 And over the long term, most companies likely will still want most workers in the office at least some of the time to promote collaboration and morale, some analysts say. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-10 sound a death knell for office buildings?," 14 July 2020 In 1977, the New York State Department of Commerce launched an ad campaign to attract tourists and, not incidentally, improve the morale of New Yorkers amid a crime wave and financial crisis that had New York City teetering on bankruptcy. Fred A. Bernstein, Washington Post, "Milton Glaser, graphic designer who put the ❤ in New York, dies at 91," 27 June 2020 The number of meals being packaged, money contributions and staff morale declined during her yearlong battle that ended her life in January 2017. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "North Texas Food Bank CEO finds calling in second act fighting pandemic fallout," 21 June 2020 At the same time, police officers around the nation, facing scrutiny by local, state, and federal officials, say morale is down in local departments. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Law enforcement families face harassment, vandalism, and threats at home," 19 June 2020 The Atlanta Police Department declined to respond to request for comment on morale within the force. Nick Valencia, CNN, "Officers feel abandoned while protesters demand sweeping police reform," 18 June 2020 Gordon and Inspector Leslie Thiele spoke to the Police Executive Research Forum in late June and said morale has taken a severe blow, causing an increase in retirements and resignations. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Halfway through 2020, Milwaukee homicide rate is highest it's been since the early 1990s," 7 July 2020 Employees describe declining morale and say last month’s memo and last week’s layoffs exacerbated the situation. oregonlive, "New Relic CEO scolds employees in internal memo: ‘We are a company with an urgent need to get back on track’," 3 July 2020

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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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The first known use of morale was in 1752

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7 Aug 2020

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“Morale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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