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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Recent Examples on the Web His portrait hangs everywhere, and most Indians proudly revere him as a model of morality and conscience. New York Times, "In India, Protesters and Modi Tussle Over Who Can Claim Gandhi," 30 Jan. 2020 While the book doesn’t offer much of a morality tale, the play attempts to insert one into all the madness. oregonlive, "‘Dragons Love Tacos’ is a play for kids, so we asked a kid to review it," 20 Jan. 2020 If the earlier seasons of Silicon Valley satirized the absurdity of the tech bubble by examining how quickly a startup can rise and fall (and rise again), the sixth season appears to be targeting morality in the industry. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Silicon Valley Questions the Morality of Success," 28 Oct. 2019 College deans who weigh in on global morality say nothing about Chinese gulags or crackdowns against Hong Kong. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Is America Becoming Sinicized?," 17 Oct. 2019 Fight Club seems precisely the kind of Hollywood product targeted in the clamor for greater responsibility and morality in the post-Columbine national debate. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fight Club': THR's 1999 Review," 15 Oct. 2019 The rules and regulations, flow charts, quality reviews, audits and PowerPoints that form the main substance of their working life inevitably color their view of politics or even morality . David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 Founded by prankster Alan Abel, the group took comic aim at ‘‘uptight, silly morality chasers,’’ as Mr. Henry put it. Harrison Smith,, "Buck Henry, ‘Graduate’ screenwriter who cocreated ‘Get Smart,’ dies at 89," 9 Jan. 2020 In October, the State Council also issued new morality guidelines for citizens that highlighted President Xi Jinping's personal role in defending the country's morals. Eric Cheung, CNN, "China bans foreign teaching materials in public schools," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of morality

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

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“Morality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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