2 blameless, chaste, decent, ethical, good, high-minded, honest, honourable, incorruptible, innocent, just, meritorious, noble, principled, proper, pure, right, righteous, upright, upstanding, virtuous
3 lesson, meaning, message, point, significance
4 adage, aphorism, apophthegm, epigram, gnome, maxim, motto, proverb, saw, saying
, adj amoral, dishonest, dishonourable, immoral, improper, sinful, unethical, unfair, unjust, wrong
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moral ( morals plural )
1 n-plural Morals are principles and beliefs concerning right and wrong behaviour.
...Western ideas and morals..., They have no morals.
2 adj Moral means relating to beliefs about what is right or wrong.
She describes her own moral dilemma in making the film., ...matters of church doctrine and moral teaching.
morally adv ADV adj/adv, ADV after v, ADV with cl
When, if ever, is it morally justifiable to allow a patient to die?...
3 adj Moral courage or duty is based on what you believe is right or acceptable, rather than on what the law says should be done.
The Government had a moral, if not a legal duty to pay compensation.
4 adj A moral person behaves in a way that is believed by most people to be good and right.
usu ADJ n
The people who will be on the committee are moral, cultured, competent people.
morally adv ADV with v
Art is not there to improve you morally.
5 adj If you give someone moral support, you encourage them in what they are doing by expressing approval.
Moral as well as financial support was what the West should provide.
6 n-count Themoral of a story or event is what you learn from it about how you should or should not behave.
usu the N in sing
I think the moral of the story is let the buyer beware...
moral victory →
in AM, use moral fiber
Moral fibre is the quality of being determined to do what you think is right. n-uncount
...a man of stern moral fibre.
If there is a large group in society that holds strong, conservative opinions on matters of morality and religion, you can refer to these people as themoral majority. In the United States, there is an organized group called the Moral Majority. n-sing-coll; n-proper-coll the N
...unless the writers begin to write decent comedy and stop pandering to the moral majority.
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