the moral high ground

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the moral high ground

: a position in which one has a moral advantage over others
  • These countries lost/ceded the moral high ground when they entered the war to protect their economic interests.
  • She believes she has the moral high ground on this issue.

Word by Word Definitions

moral play
  1. : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ethical

  2. : expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior

  3. : conforming to a standard of right behavior

  1. : the moral significance or practical lesson (as of a story)

  2. : a passage pointing out usually in conclusion the lesson to be drawn from a story

  3. : moral practices or teachings : modes of conduct

high play
  1. : rising or extending upward a great distance : taller than average, usual, or expected

  2. : having a specified height or elevation : tall

  3. : situated or passing above the normal level, surface, base of measurement, or elevation

  1. : at or to a high place, altitude, level, or degree

  2. : well, luxuriously

  1. : an elevated place or region: such as

  2. : hill, knoll

  3. : the space overhead : sky

ground play
  1. : the bottom of a body of water

  2. : sediment

  3. : ground coffee beans after brewing

  1. : to bring to or place on the ground

  2. : to cause to run aground

  3. : to provide a reason or justification for

  1. : past tense and past participle of grind


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