the significance of a story or event
"the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
"moral sense"; "a moral scrutiny"; "a moral lesson"; "a moral quandary"; "moral convictions"; "a moral life"
psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect
"a moral victory"; "moral support"
The ethical significance or practical lesson.
The moral of the is that if you repeatedly lie, people won't believe you when you tell the truth.
Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.
Of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behaviour, especially for teaching right behaviour.
moral judgments, a moral poem
Conforming to a standard of right behaviour; sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment.
a moral obligation
Capable of right and wrong action.
a moral agent
Probable but not proved.
a moral certainty
Positively affecting the mind, confidence, or will.
a moral victory, moral support
Origin: From moral, from moralis
relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so far as they are properly subject to rules
conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral rather than a religious life
capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by a sense of right; subject to the law of duty
acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to material and physical; as, moral pressure or support
supported by reason or probability; practically sufficient; -- opposed to legal or demonstrable; as, a moral evidence; a moral certainty
serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson; moral tales
the doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of living as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; -- usually in the plural
the inner meaning or significance of a fable, a narrative, an occurrence, an experience, etc.; the practical lesson which anything is designed or fitted to teach; the doctrine meant to be inculcated by a fiction; a maxim
a morality play. See Morality, 5
Origin: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]
A moral is a message conveyed or a lesson to be learned from a story or event. The moral may be left to the hearer, reader or viewer to determine for themselves, or may be explicitly encapsulated in a maxim.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mor′al, adj. of or belonging to the manners or conduct of men: conformed to right, ethical, virtuous: capable of knowing right and wrong: subject to the moral law: instructing with regard to morals: supported by evidence of reason or probability—opp. to Demonstrative: belonging to the mind, or to the will: (Shak.) moralising.—n. in pl. manners: the doctrine or practice of the duties of life: moral philosophy or ethics: conduct, esp. sexual conduct: in sing. the practical lesson given by anything: an emblem or allegory: (slang) a certainty, an exact counterpart.—v.i. to moralise.—ns. Mor′aler (Shak.), a moraliser; Moralisā′tion, act of moralising, explanation in a moral sense.—v.t. Mor′alise, to apply to a moral purpose: to explain in a moral sense.—v.i. to speak or write on moral subjects: to make moral reflections.—ns. Mor′aliser; Mor′alism, a moral maxim; moral counsel: morality as distinct from religion; Mor′alist, one who teaches morals, or who practises moral duties: a merely moral as distinguished from a religious man: one who prides himself on his morality.—adj. Moralist′ic.—n. Moral′ity, quality of being moral: that in an action which renders it right or wrong: the practice of moral duties apart from religion: virtue: the doctrine which treats of actions as being right or wrong: ethics: a kind of drama which grew out of mysteries and miracle-plays, and continued in fashion till Elizabeth's time, in which allegorical representations of the virtues and vices were introduced as dramatis personæ.—adv. Mor′ally, in a moral manner: uprightly: to all intents and purposes, practically.—Moral agent, one who acts under a knowledge of right and wrong; Moral certainty, a likelihood so great as to be safely acted on, although not capable of being certainly proved; Moral defeat (see Moral victory); Moral faculty (see Moral sense); Moral law, a law or rules for life and conduct, founded on what is right and wrong: the law of conscience; Moral philosophy, the science which treats of the qualities of actions as being right or wrong, and the duty of mankind with regard to such actions; Moral sense, that power of the mind which knows or judges actions to be right or wrong, and determines conduct accordingly; Moral theology, ethics treated with reference to a divine source; Moral victory, a defeat in appearance, but in some important sense a real victory. [Fr.,—L. moralis—mos, moris, custom.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'moral' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1954
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'moral' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3564
Rank popularity for the word 'moral' in Adjectives Frequency: #263
The numerical value of moral in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of moral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
The book did not have a conventional moral. Carroll played with standard moral tales of his day and turned them on their heads.
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
America's greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
If we would create ... an impression that 'just come because we are ready to accept everybody', that would be a moral failure. The moral, human thing is to make clear: Please don't come, turkey is a safe country. Stay there. It's risky to come. It's better for the family, for the kids, for yourself to stay.
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- moralisch, MoralGerman
- moraleja, moralSpanish
- moraali, moraalinen, opetusFinnish
- morale, moralité, moralFrench
- múineadh, teagascIrish
- teagasg, moraltaScottish Gaelic
- beasagh, bun-cheealManx
- morális, erkölcsös, erkölcsi, erkölcs, morál, tanulságHungarian
- 教訓, 道徳的なJapanese
- morāls, morāleLatvian
- моральный, душевный, этический, мораль, назидание, духовный, нравственный, назидательный, поучение, внутренний, нравоучительныйRussian
- sensmoral, moralisk, moralSwedish
- ahlaki, ahlakTurkish
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