American English

Definition of moral adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈmɑrəl//
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  1. 1[only before noun] concerned with principles of right and wrong behavior a moral issue/dilemma/question traditional moral values a decline in moral standards moral philosophy a deeply religious man with a highly developed moral sense The newspapers were full of moral outrage at the weakness of other countries.
  2. 2[only before noun] based on your own sense of what is right and fair, not on legal rights or duties synonym ethical moral responsibility/duty Governments have at least a moral obligation to answer these questions. The job was to call on all her diplomatic skills and moral courage (= the courage to do what you think is right).
  3. 3following the standards of behavior considered acceptable and right by most people synonym good, honourable He led a very moral life. a very moral person compare amoral, immoral
  4. 4[only before noun] able to understand the difference between right and wrong Children are not naturally moral beings.
  5. Idioms
    take, claim, seize, etc. the moral high ground
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    to claim that your side of an argument is morally better than your opponent's side; to argue in a way that makes your side seem morally better
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