moral Definition

  • 1concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character
  • 2a lesson that can be derived from a story or experience, concerning what is right or prudent, and serving as a rule for ethical conduct

Using moral: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "moral" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It's not moral to cheat on your taxes.

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    The moral of the story is to always tell the truth.

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    The company has a strong moral code.

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    She questioned the moral implications of the decision.

moral Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using moral

  • have no moral standards or principles


    He has the moral of an alley cat, always looking out for himself.

  • the inner strength and resolve to do what is right, especially in the face of adversity


    Her moral fiber was tested when she was asked to cover up the company's illegal activities.

  • a victory that is achieved despite not winning the actual contest, often used to describe a situation where the underdog performs better than expected


    Although they lost the game, they saw it as a moral victory because they played so well against a much stronger team.

Phrases with moral

  • an internalized set of values and objectives that guide a person's behavior and decision-making


    Her moral compass led her to refuse the bribe.

  • the position of having the moral advantage in a dispute or conflict


    He took the moral high ground by refusing to engage in personal attacks.

  • encouragement or emotional backing given to someone who is going through a difficult time


    She relied on her friends for moral support during her divorce.

Origins of moral

from Latin 'moralis', meaning 'relating to morals'


Summary: moral in Brief

The term 'moral' [ˈmɔːrəl] refers to principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character. It can also denote a lesson derived from a story or experience, serving as a rule for ethical conduct. 'Moral' encompasses phrases like 'moral compass,' which guides behavior, and idioms like 'moral fiber,' denoting inner strength to do what is right. Antonyms include 'immoral' and 'unethical.'

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