mo·​rale | \ mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio) \

Essential Meaning of morale

: the feelings of enthusiasm and loyalty that a person or group has about a task or job The company has been struggling and employee morale is low. [=employees do not feel happy or enthusiastic about their work] The team is playing well and their morale is high. The President's speech boosted/raised/improved the morale of the troops.

Full Definition of morale

1 : moral principles, teachings, or conduct
2a : 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.
b : a sense of common purpose with respect to a group : esprit de corps The ship's morale improved after two days of shore leave.
3 : 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 The attacks can cause symptoms such as dizziness, memory loss and a range of other issues, resulting in a drop in morale within the State Department and the CIA and causing some officials to be reluctant to take overseas assignments. Michael Lee, Fox News, 28 Sep. 2021 From the company perspective, there is a risk in reducing the salaries for those who move, since any reduction, no matter the reason, is bad for morale. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2021 While New Mexico averaged 30 points a game in morale-boosting victories over Houston Baptist and New Mexico State, the statistic was misleading due to the level of competition. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2021 But for many Palestinians, who see the fugitives as resistance fighters against a 54-year occupation, the jailbreak was a morale-boosting act of heroism. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2021 And my morale coming out of here is absolutely great. Dalton Ross,, 23 July 2021 Communicate this to your team and check their morale. Vivian Wang, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Employees who are feeling lonely should make an effort to attend events and see if that helps their morale. Allison Pohle, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 In the meantime, the ruling has reignited the battle over the future of work in California, giving a morale boost to the union, driver groups and other labor advocates trying to secure more comprehensive protections for workers. Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of morale

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for morale

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

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19 Oct 2021

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“Morale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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mo·​rale | \ mə-ˈral How to pronounce morale (audio) \

Kids Definition of morale

: the condition of the mind or feelings (as in relation to enthusiasm, spirit, or hope) of an individual or group The team's morale is low.

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