moral compass

[ mawr-uhl kuhm-puhs, mor ]


  1. an internalized set of values and objectives that guide a person with regard to ethical behavior and decision-making:

    a rebellious teenager without a moral compass.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of moral compass1

First recorded in 1840–45

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Example Sentences

He refused to pay his taxes because he refused to support a government that had lost its moral compass.

This is what happens when the nation’s public health relies on individuals’ moral compasses, throwing folks into episodes of snap judgments, sideways glances and smirks that might no longer be hidden behind masks.

Both Florence and Jake have dubious moral compasses, and their authors render them with unsympathetic hands.

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That gradual pace of evolution has ensured that regulations and industry knowledge helped practitioners build a highly developed moral compass.

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I am confident that over the long term we will improve the technology industry’s moral compass, but we need to start working on it hard and fast now.

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He repeated it again, slowly: “He has no values…He has no moral compass whatsoever.”

Boyd does have a moral compass—not yours or mine—but he does have one.

And these odds were often set by realpolitik, rather than a moral compass.

If you are gay, Jewish, old, or have any sort of moral compass, you will be, too.

If only his moral compass were pointed in the right direction.

The needle in the moral compass is deflected by selfishness or false teaching.

Their moral compass, so to speak, is less exposed to magnetic aberrations and is more likely to point true.

"The guiding star for my moral compass," said I, under my breath.





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