morale

[muh-ral]
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noun

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

1745–55; < French, noun use of feminine of moral moral
Can be confusedmoral morale (see synonym study at moral)
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Contemporary Examples of morales

  • Shakur remains very much alive, along with Hill, Morales, LeBeef and the others.

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    Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted

    Michael Daly

    December 18, 2014

  • Morales made his way to Mexico, where an effort to capture him led to a shootout, which ended with a local cop being killed.

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    Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted

    Michael Daly

    December 18, 2014

  • Several of the young people were given special attention by Morales and the spritzing shaman.

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    Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans

    Chris Allbritton

    August 24, 2014

  • Still, Morales refused to grant him safe conduct on grounds that Pinto stood accused of common crimes.

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    Escape from Bolivia

    Mac Margolis

    September 2, 2013

  • Brazil acts as if its hands are tied to the Morales government.

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    Escape from Bolivia

    Mac Margolis

    September 2, 2013

Historical Examples of morales


British Dictionary definitions for morales

morale

noun

the degree of mental or moral confidence of a person or group; spirit of optimism

Word Origin for morale

C18: morals, from French, n. use of moral (adj)
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Word Origin and History for morales

morale

n.

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").

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