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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Lots of fans found Tati's choice to talk about kindness and morality in front of a ton of JSC lipsticks very off-putting, considering that Jeffree is famous for brutally bashing both fans and former friends on his Twitter account. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Twitter is Dragging Tati Westbrook for Filming Her James Charles Video With Jeffree Star Lipsticks in the Background," 17 May 2019 No other cover, however, has so plainly questioned the morality of a Trump policy in a visual context. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, "Time Magazine puts family separation at Trump's feet, literally," 21 June 2018 Older women question the morality of the accusers who visited a married man’s home. Solomon Jones,, "The rift in the black community over the Cosby verdict | Solomon Jones," 1 May 2018 Higher summer temperatures and wintertime freezing rain (as opposed to snow) seem to be correlated with adult caribou morality. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Arctic has lost 2.6 million reindeer over the past 20 years," 11 Dec. 2018 Some people, the Trump administration is insinuating, are simply too powerful to be subject to the movement’s rigid moralities. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When the White House Is a Safe Space," 6 July 2018 The Times article rests on a strange conflation of civility (which is about obeying conventional rules of decorum) with morality. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is civility really the problem in modern political discourse?," 21 June 2018 Reality hits the young men hard, even if morality never sinks in. Gary Thompson,, "'American Animals': Rebellious cool as white privilege in this inventive take on true crime," 7 June 2018 Kanye West is a deeply troubling person whose views on women and morality feel about as unhelpful as possible. Mikael Wood,, "Kanye West's 'Ye' unintentionally illustrates the limits of alpha-male bravado," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of morality

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

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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


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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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