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immoral

[ ih-mawr-uhl, ih-mor- ]
/ ɪˈmɔr əl, ɪˈmɒr- /
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adjective
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.

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Origin of immoral

First recorded in 1650–60; im-2 + moral

synonym study for immoral

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM immoral

im·mor·al·ly, adverb
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How to use immoral in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for immoral

immoral
/ (ɪˈmɒrəl) /

adjective
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

Derived forms of immoral

immorally, adverb
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