morality

noun
mo·​ral·​i·​ty | \ mə-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce morality (audio) , mȯ-\
plural moralities

Definition of morality

1a : a moral discourse, statement, or lesson ended his lecture with a trite morality
b : a literary or other imaginative work teaching a moral lesson "Aesop's Fables" is famous as a morality.
2a : a doctrine or system of moral conduct the basic law which an adequate morality ought to state— Marjorie Grene
b moralities plural : particular moral principles or rules of conduct we were all brought up on one of these moralitiesPsychiatry
3 : conformity to ideals of right human conduct admitted the expediency of the law but questioned its morality
4 : moral conduct : virtue morality today involves a responsible relationship toward the laws of the natural world— P. B. Sears

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Examples of morality in a Sentence

The group is calling for a return to traditional morality. two groups with clashing moralities The decision may be legally justified, but I question its morality.
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The Farewell uses these sorts of traditions to ponder what makes us human, what shapes our sense of morality, and the ways those codes can vary even within an immediate family. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Farewell Is a Gorgeous Tale of Family and Mortality," 10 July 2019 As the two spar about many subjects—morality, art, music, the theater, and the scourge of insufficient talent—unsuspected points of convergence appear. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 Social media rewards not morality or veracity, but virality. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield," 12 Oct. 2018 But she isn’t limited by any sense of morality in achieving her dream. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Quiet Strengths of 'Dark Phoenix'," 8 June 2019 With these questions, people often drew parallels to the place of race and morality in today’s society. Andrew M. Davenport, Smithsonian, "Putting Enslaved Families’ Stories Back in the Monticello Narrative," 14 June 2018 And in heartland communities where the president is popular, the crackdown is often debated — by supporters and critics alike — through the lens of Christian morality. New York Times, "An ICE Raid Leaves an Iowa Town Divided Along Faith Lines," 3 July 2018 Apart from the morality question, Haspel also fended off questions about her 2005 recommendation — which was ultimately followed — to destroy videotapes of 92 interrogations. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Sen. John McCain urges Senate to reject CIA nominee Gina Haspel over torture, morality," 9 May 2018 Historian Amy Warbel, author of the new book Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock, talks with our contributor Randy Dotinga about this morality cop's divisive and influential career. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "The 19th-century censor who pushed Americans too far," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of morality

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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morality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of morality

: beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior
: the degree to which something is right and good : the moral goodness or badness of something

morality

noun
mo·​ral·​i·​ty | \ mə-ˈra-lə-tē How to pronounce morality (audio) \
plural moralities

Kids Definition of morality

1 : the quality or fact of being in agreement with ideals of right behavior We discussed the morality of lying so a person's feelings aren't hurt.
2 : beliefs about what kind of behavior is good or bad A society's morality may change.

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