morality

[muh-ral-i-tee, maw-]
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noun, plural mo·ral·i·ties for 4–6.

conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct.
moral quality or character.
virtue in sexual matters; chastity.
a doctrine or system of morals.
moral instruction; a moral lesson, precept, discourse, or utterance.

Nearby words

  1. morale,
  2. moralise,
  3. moralism,
  4. moralist,
  5. moralistic,
  6. morality play,
  7. moralize,
  8. morally,
  9. morals,
  10. morandi

Origin of morality

1350–1400; Middle English moralite < Late Latin mōrālitās. See moral, -ity

SYNONYMS FOR morality
1. See goodness.

Related formsan·ti·mo·ral·i·ty, adjectivehy·per·mo·ral·i·ty, nounpre·mo·ral·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for anti-morality

morality

noun plural -ties

the quality of being moral
conformity, or degree of conformity, to conventional standards of moral conduct
a system of moral principles
an instruction or lesson in morals
short for morality play
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Word Origin and History for anti-morality

morality

n.

late 14c., "moral qualities," from Old French moralité "moral (of a story); moral instruction; morals, moral character" (13c.) and directly from Late Latin moralitatem (nominative moralitas) "manner, character," from Latin moralis (see moral (adj.)). Meaning "goodness" is attested from 1590s.

Where there is no free agency, there can be no morality. Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue. Where the routine is rigorously proscribed by law, the law, and not the man, must have the credit of the conduct. [William H. Prescott, "History of the Conquest of Peru," 1847]
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