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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Individual response to the altered conditions was, as might be expected, conditioned by conventional morality.
▪ Freed from the trappings of conventional morality, Van Ness is at liberty to invent his own.
▪ This feeling has nothing to do with conventional views about conduct, or conventional morality, or ethics.
▪ These urban comedies portrayed a new moral code in opposition to conventional morality.
▪ With this new concept of morality comes a new notion of the hero.
▪ He represents the { new morality } founded on the natural goodness of man; he is tolerant and humane.
▪ I choose that name to show its connection to a parallel ideal of personal morality.
▪ This suggests that the privatization of personal morality is well on its way.
▪ Prior to the 1830s, personal morality had not been seen as necessary for political eminence.
▪ She found herself agreeing with the historian's distaste for Mills' personal morality.
▪ Religion, politics, personal and social morality and fantasy are all media in which he regularly operates.
▪ The limits of that practice of obedience must therefore be constituted by the boundaries of that political morality.
▪ This is because a commitment to representative government and loyalty to democratic institutions are themselves fundamental constituents of our collective political morality.
▪ How would the judges discover this political morality?
▪ Of course they will, but in hard cases judges must make controversial judgments of political morality whichever conception of law they hold.
▪ The accepted standards of political morality differed from our own; evidence is hard to come by and difficult to interpret.
▪ There can be no political morality without prudence; that is, without consideration of the political consequences of seemingly moral action.
▪ The political morality which underlies the legal order is not exhausted by our attachment to democratic government.
▪ Civic institutions were therefore the public expression of private morality.
▪ In direct criticism of Wolfenden, he argues that one can not make a simple distinction between public and private morality.
▪ This is where the recent history of law's withdrawal from the regulation of private morality provides a useful perspective.
▪ They then experienced little difficulty in deciding of what private morality consisted.
▪ In direct criticism of Wolfenden, he argues that one can not make a simple distinction between public and private morality.
▪ The Town Council was then, as now, very strict in the matter of public morality.
▪ I say this for Depardieu's own good-and in the interests of public morality.
▪ In the areas it controls, any deviation from the public morality it tolerates is ruthlessly punished.
▪ The principles of good faith reflect professional ethics and general social morality.
▪ Indeed, social morality leaders came to believe that earlier marriages would discourage resort to prostitution.
▪ They evolved their own codes of conduct and social morality, inpart modelled on those of the warrior class.
▪ Religion, politics, personal and social morality and fantasy are all media in which he regularly operates.
▪ They deny personal responsibility, disparage traditional morality, denigrate religion, and promote hostility toward the family's way of life.
▪ The problem is that, as with any morality tale, this is a very partial truth.
▪ No wonder we prefer the simplicity of morality tales with comforting villains.
▪ Arthurian legends or the morality tales of life under capitalism were not enough.
▪ Anyone who carried out such an attack obviously has no morality whatsoever.
▪ Christian morality
▪ I think we should question the morality of turning away refugees.
▪ Monogamy and sexual morality are extremely important to conservatives in the age of AIDS.
▪ Some leaders have blamed television for the decline in standards of morality.
▪ Victorian commentators were very concerned about public morality generally.
▪ But a small, growing school of Catholic intellectuals argue that natural theology actually supports the morality of homosexual unions.
▪ Gilligan sees this as a morality of responsibility that stands apart from the morality of rights underlying Kohlberg's conception.
▪ He would learn morality by observing people's reactions when he performed unsocial actions; but he would never be punished.
▪ Men had all the power in the state and therefore made both its laws and its morality.
▪ Prosperity, tranquility, honesty, morality, decency, normality and on-time airline arrivals do not make news.
▪ The double standard of morality relied upon this separation between the public and the private.
▪ This implies that there is a principle apart from morality on which morality itself can be founded.
▪ Yet we have already noted how, in terms of poetic justice for instance, fabliau morality is often conventional in precisely these terms.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Morality \Mo*ral"i*ty\, n.; pl. Moralities. [L. moralitas: cf. F. moralit['e].]

  1. The relation of conformity or nonconformity to the moral standard or rule; quality of an intention, a character, an action, a principle, or a sentiment, when tried by the standard of right.

    The morality of an action is founded in the freedom of that principle, by virtue of which it is in the agent's power, having all things ready and requisite to the performance of an action, either to perform or not perform it.

  2. The quality of an action which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the accepted standard of right.

    Of moralitee he was the flower.

    I am bold to think that morality is capable of demonstration.

  3. The doctrines or rules of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics.

    The end of morality is to procure the affections to obey reason, and not to invade it.

    The system of morality to be gathered out of . . . ancient sages falls very short of that delivered in the gospel.

  4. The practice of the moral duties; rectitude of life; conformity to the standard of right; virtue; as, we often admire the politeness of men whose morality we question.

  5. A kind of allegorical play, so termed because it consisted of discourses in praise of morality between actors representing such characters as Charity, Faith, Death, Vice, etc. Such plays were occasionally exhibited as late as the reign of Henry VIII.

  6. Intent; meaning; moral. [Obs.]

    Taketh the morality thereof, good men.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "moral qualities," from Old French moralité "moral (of a story); moral instruction; morals, moral character" (13c.) and directly from Late Latin moralitatem (nominative moralitas) "manner, character," from Latin moralis (see moral (adj.)). Meaning "goodness" is attested from 1590s.Where there is no free agency, there can be no morality. Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue. Where the routine is rigorously proscribed by law, the law, and not the man, must have the credit of the conduct. [William H. Prescott, "History of the Conquest of Peru," 1847]


n. 1 (context uncountable English) recognition of the distinction between good and evil or between right and wrong; respect for and obedience to the rules of right conduct; the mental disposition or characteristic of behave in a manner intended to produce morally good results. 2 (context countable English) A set of social rules, customs, traditions, beliefs, or practices which specify proper, acceptable forms of conduct. 3 (context countable English) A set of personal guiding principles for conduct or a general notion of how to behave, whether respectable or not. 4 (context countable archaic English) A lesson or pronouncement which contains advice about proper behavior. 5 (context uncountable rare English) moral philosophy, the branch of philosophy which studies the grounds and nature of rightness, wrongness, good, and evil. 6 (context countable rare English) A particular theory concerning the grounds and nature of rightness, wrongness, good, and evil.

  1. n. concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct [ant: immorality]

  2. motivation based on ideas of right and wrong [syn: ethical motive, ethics, morals]


Morality (from the Latin "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with "goodness" or "rightness."

Moral philosophy includes moral ontology, or the origin of morals, as well as moral epistemology, or knowledge about morals. Different systems of expressing morality have been proposed, including deontological ethical systems which adhere to a set of established rules, and normative ethical systems which consider the merits of actions themselves. An example of normative ethical philosophy is the Golden Rule, which states that: "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself."

Immorality is the active opposition to morality (i.e. opposition to that which is good or right), while amorality is variously defined as an unawareness of, indifference toward, or disbelief in any set of moral standards or principles.

Morality (novella)

"Morality" is a novella by Stephen King published in the July, 2009 issue of Esquire. It was then included as a bonus story in Blockade Billy, a novella published on May 25, 2010, and later collected and re-introduced in the November 3, 2015 anthology The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. In the latter publication, King revealed that the story was inspired by issues of moral philosophy in his own life, back when he was a struggling student and would occasionally shoplift or write other students' essays (an academic offence) to make ends meet. "Morality" received the 2009 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette.

Usage examples of "morality".

Nevertheless, he concluded that the moral life is a consequence of civilisation, not the natural state and that in achieving morality and civilisation men and woman have lost their innocence.

If any complain of this breach of honour, I must tell them that I had made a mental reservation not to keep my promise, and those who are acquainted with the morality of the children of Ignatius will understand that I was completely at my ease.

Shared energies, transformation, diversity-unity, balance, creativity, adaptability and relationship are patterns of life and also can be called the morality of life.

Johnson, inferior to none in philosophy, philology, poetry, and classical learning, stands foremost as an essayist, justly admired for the dignity, strength, and variety of his style, as well as for the agreeable manner in which he investigates the human heart, tracing every interesting emotion, and opening all the sources of morality.

What is particularly original in Rozanov, and what makes him so much akin to Dos-toyevsky, is his peculiar attitude to morality.

It is ultimately the dispute between morality and religion, which appears as an unsettled problem in the theses of the idealistic philosophers and in the whole spiritual conceptions then current among the educated, and which recurs in the contrast between the Apologetic and the Gnostic theology.

Clearly we cannot estimate their ethical value until we have learned the modes in which they have actually determined human conduct for good or evil: in other words, we cannot judge of the morality of religious beliefs until we have ascertained their history: the facts must be known before judgment can be passed on them: the work of the historian must precede the work of the moralist.

Still, the position towards asceticism yielded a hard problem, the solution of which was more and more found in distinguishing a higher and a lower though sufficient morality, yet repudiating the higher morality as soon as it claimed to be the alone authoritative one.

But Bute was an ambitious man and his peculiar relations with the Princess Dowager but perhaps one should not say peculiar at all, for they were, alas for the morality of the country, all too common had doubtless given him the notion that he could lead the King whither he, Bute, desired him to go.

He was aware that George shuddered to hear the comments which were made in the streets about his mother and her lover, and Bute knew George well enough to fear that such constant reminders might affect his attitude towards them both since George was at heart a prude, and his great scheme was to bring morality back to England.

Tara had outraged every principle and concept of decency and morality that Centaine held sacrosanct.

I never could believe in the morality of snatching from poor mortal man the delusions which make them happy.

Thus morality in politics makes bad politics if taken seriously, and if used cynically, it dishonors him who uses it.

If the morality is used quite cynically, as propaganda to increase the brutalization of a war, it distorts war and politics in the direction of bestiality.

He was a great debauchee and lover of bad company, an enemy of religion, morality, and law.