Definition of moral noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒrəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrəl//
    , NAmE//ˈmɑːrəl//
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  1. 1morals [plural] standards or principles of good behaviour, especially in matters of sexual relationships Young people these days have no morals. The play was considered an affront to public morals. The question is one of manners rather than morals. (old-fashioned) a woman of loose morals (= with a low standard of sexual behaviour)
  2. 2[countable] a practical lesson that a story, an event or an experience teaches you And the moral is that crime doesn't pay. See related entries: Elements of a story
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin moralis, from mos, mor- ‘custom’, (plural) mores ‘morals’. As a noun the word was first used to translate Latin Moralia, the title of St Gregory the Great's moral exposition of the Book of Job, and was later applied to the works of various classical writers.Extra examples He has absolutely no morals, that man! She had tried her best to instil morals into her daughters. She was gradually instilling morals into her children. There are clear morals to be drawn from the failure of these companies. There is a clear moral to all this. Women who went to pubs alone would sometimes be assumed to have loose morals.
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