[ey-mawr-uh l, a-mawr-, ey-mor-, a-mor-]


not involving questions of right or wrong; without moral quality; neither moral nor immoral.
having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong: a completely amoral person.

Origin of amoral

First recorded in 1880–85; a-6 + moral
Related formsa·mor·al·ism, nouna·mo·ral·i·ty [ey-muh-ral-i-tee, am-uh-] /ˌeɪ məˈræl ɪ ti, ˌæm ə-/, nouna·mor·al·ly, adverb

Synonyms for amoral

See immoral. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amorality

Contemporary Examples of amorality

  • Murdoch is endlessly fascinating to watch because his talents and brilliance are equaled only by his amorality.

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    Murdoch’s Dark Arts

    Tina Brown

    July 11, 2011

  • The responses were telling in their casuistry, their amorality, their evasiveness.

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    The Hearing From Hell

    Tunku Varadarajan

    April 27, 2010

Historical Examples of amorality

  • She consoled herself suddenly with the thought that her amorality was a characteristic of the superman.

    A Bed of Roses

    W. L. George

  • And this she can do without the least qualms of conscience, in virtue of her firm belief in the amorality of political conduct.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

British Dictionary definitions for amorality



having no moral quality; nonmoral
without moral standards or principles
Derived Formsamorality (ˌeɪmɒˈrælɪtɪ), nounamorally, adverb


Amoral is often wrongly used where immoral is meant. Immoral is properly used to talk about the breaking of moral rules, amoral about people who have no moral code or about places or situations where moral considerations do not apply
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Word Origin and History for amorality



"ethically indifferent," 1882, a hybrid formed from Greek privative prefix a- "not" (see a- (3)) + moral, which is derived from Latin. First used by Robert Louis Stephenson (1850-1894) as a differentiation from immoral.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper