- emotional or mental condition with respect to cheerfulness, confidence, zeal, etc., especially in the face of opposition, hardship, etc.: the morale of the troops.
Origin of morale
Related Words for moraleattitude, resolve, self-confidence, spirit, mood, vigor, heart, outlook, humor, self-possession, drive, mettle, turn, disposition, temperament, temper, assurance, esprit
Examples from the Web for morale
Contemporary Examples of morale
That announcement dealt a huge blow to our morale internally and to the case that we made to minority voters externally.The Valerie Jarrett I Know: How She Saved the Obama Campaign and Why She’s Indispensable
November 18, 2014
Itani told me that news of the letter was awful for the morale of the opposition forces.Is Obama Done Playing Footsie With Assad?
November 17, 2014
“All this boosts the morale of the Afghan Taliban,” says the colonel.Kabul Airport Attack Comes as Pakistani Fighters Join Afghan Taliban
July 17, 2014
With the Pentagon concerned about fatigue and morale, a lost piece of valuable property is the last thing these families need.American G.I.s: Dude, Where’s My Car?
July 16, 2014
At a meeting, a chaplain said “Morale seems to be up… at least for those headed home.”How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan
May 1, 2014
Historical Examples of morale
Thirdly, we were to emphasise to the men that Turkish morale was on the wane.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
In this battle there was as great a change in morale as in the battle of the Ourcq.
In seventy-two hours he has wrecked the morale of Manhattan.The Mind Master
Arthur J. Burks
The men take pride in keeping up the morale of the regiment.Three Years in the Federal Cavalry
This retirement on the Somme is clever, though it may tell on the morale of his men.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
- the degree of mental or moral confidence of a person or group; spirit of optimism
Word Origin for morale
1752, "moral principles or practice," from French morale "morality, good conduct," from fem. of Old French moral "moral" (see moral (adj.)). Meaning "confidence" (especially in a military context) first recorded 1831, from confusion with French moral (French distinguishes le moral "temperament" and la morale "morality").