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[muh-ral] /məˈræl/
emotional or mental condition with respect to cheerfulness, confidence, zeal, etc., especially in the face of opposition, hardship, etc.:
the morale of the troops.
Origin of morale
1745-55; < French, noun use of feminine of moral moral
Can be confused
moral, morale (see synonym study at moral) Unabridged
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  • In 1744 a Jesuit parish priest, morales, by his despotic manner and arrogance, embittered the natives of his flock.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • "You are thinking of the pretty girl morales has just told you of," he says.

    Operas Every Child Should Know Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
  • Matt cast a significant look at morales, and Clip took the Mexican by the arm, led him out on the porch, and bade him good-by.

  • morales was captured and executed, and his own body left in the sun.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • We are taking you and the ladies to the refuge in the rocks where morales and all his people have hid so long.

    Foes in Ambush Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for morales


the degree of mental or moral confidence of a person or group; spirit of optimism
Word Origin
C18: morals, from French, n. use of moral (adj)
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Word Origin and History for morales



1752, "moral principles or practice," from French morale "morality, good conduct," from fem. of Old French moral "moral" (see moral (adj.)). Meaning "confidence" (especially in a military context) first recorded 1831, from confusion with French moral (French distinguishes le moral "temperament" and la morale "morality").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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