immoral

[ih-mawr-uhl, ih-mor-]
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adjective
  1. violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics.
  2. licentious or lascivious.

Origin of immoral

First recorded in 1650–60; im-2 + moral
Related formsim·mor·al·ly, adverb

Synonyms for 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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Related Words for immorally

wickedly, wrongly, unethically

Examples from the Web for immorally

Contemporary Examples of immorally

Historical Examples of immorally

  • It's the way YOU feel, and if you weren't so immorally pious you'd be honest and say so.

  • But I was not alone; for close beside me stood a little French landaulet, the most immorally alluring car I had ever seen.

    Bizarre

    Lawton Mackall

  • He would remain for lunch, that meal of cheery luxury, immorally abundant.


British Dictionary definitions for immorally

immoral

adjective
  1. transgressing accepted moral rules; corrupt
  2. sexually dissolute; profligate or promiscuous
  3. unscrupulous or unethicalimmoral trading
  4. tending to corrupt or resulting from corruptionan immoral film; immoral earnings
Derived Formsimmorally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for immorally

immoral

adj.

1650s, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not" + moral (adj.). Related: Immorally.

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