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Meaning of MORALITY

Pronunciation:  mu'ralitee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
  2. [n]  motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
 

MORALITY is a 8 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: ethical motive, ethics, morals
 
 Antonyms: immorality
 
 See Also: chastity, Christ Within, conscience, conscience, good, goodness, hedonism, Inner Light, Light, Light Within, moral sense, motivation, motive, need, quality, righteousness, rightness, scruples, sense of right and wrong, sexual morality, virtue

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.                    --South.

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.       --Chaucer.

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

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.    --Bacon.

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

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. --Strutt.

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

         Taketh the morality thereof, good men. --Chaucer.

 
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