mo·​rale mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio)
: moral principles, teachings, or conduct
: 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.
: a sense of common purpose with respect to a group : esprit de corps
The ship's morale improved after two days of shore leave.
: 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 And the impact on morale within the Ukrainian army could be significant — who would risk their life for a draw? Daniel Depetris, The Mercury News, 7 June 2024 Employee morale was at an all-time low; people were leaving. Byalice Zhang, Fortune, 5 June 2024 As the Taliban grew stronger, wage and supply theft within government forces devastated morale, as did infighting among his commanders, paralyzing their ability to fight. Matthieu Aikins Bryan Denton, New York Times, 22 May 2024 This is a sobering situation for Ukraine, one that may hurt the morale of its soldiers and dampen the public mood. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for morale 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of morale was in 1752

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Cite this Entry

“Morale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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mo·​rale mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio)
: the mental and emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, spirit, or loyalty) of an individual or a group with regard to a task or goal to be accomplished

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