- violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics.
- licentious or lascivious.
Origin of immoral
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bad, wicked, dissolute, dissipated, profligate. Immoral, abandoned, depraved describe one who makes no attempt to curb self-indulgence. Immoral, referring to conduct, applies to one who acts contrary to or does not obey or conform to standards of morality; it may also mean licentious and perhaps dissipated. Abandoned, referring to condition, applies to one hopelessly, and usually passively, sunk in wickedness and unrestrained appetites. Depraved, referring to character, applies to one who voluntarily seeks evil and viciousness. Immoral, amoral, nonmoral, and unmoral are sometimes confused with one another. Immoral means not moral and connotes evil or licentious behavior. Amoral, nonmoral, and unmoral, virtually synonymous although the first is by far the most common form, mean utterly lacking in morals (either good or bad), neither moral nor immoral. However, since, in some contexts, there is a stigma implicit in a complete lack of morals, being amoral, nonmoral, or unmoral is sometimes considered just as reprehensible as being immoral.
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Examples from the Web for immoral
The film examines labor in the U.S. agriculture sector and the “immoral practices” that affect thousands of farmworkers.This Is How Eva Longoria Is Trying to Win the Midterms
October 1, 2014
These are all fruitful options to pursue for any atheist interested in challenging the immoral stereotypes we have.Loud, Proud, and Atheist: ‘Openly Secular’ Encourages Nonbelievers to Come Out of the Closet
September 25, 2014
The researchers collected over 13,000 responses, almost 4,000 of which described a moral or immoral event.
The researchers deliberately refrained from defining “moral” and “immoral” for study participants.
Should there be any sort of confusion, the “immoral conduct” he is referring to is being gay.Phil Robertson’s Despicable AIDS Argument Should Be the Last Straw
September 16, 2014
I make no excuse for this immoral act, and ask no one to say I did right.Biography of a Slave
To him all forms of betting were highly disastrous—most immoral.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
In the event of failure such outbreaks are punished, but they are not regarded as immoral.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
There were no young girls present, as the piece was too immoral.My Double Life
You think I hold that to be unnatural because it is immoral?Freeland
- transgressing accepted moral rules; corrupt
- sexually dissolute; profligate or promiscuous
- unscrupulous or unethicalimmoral trading
- tending to corrupt or resulting from corruptionan immoral film; immoral earnings
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Word Origin and History for immoral
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