[muh-ral-i-tee, maw-]

noun, plural mo·ral·i·ties for 4–6.

conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct.
moral quality or character.
virtue in sexual matters; chastity.
a doctrine or system of morals.
moral instruction; a moral lesson, precept, discourse, or utterance.

Origin of morality

1350–1400; Middle English moralite < Late Latin mōrālitās. See moral, -ity
Related formsan·ti·mo·ral·i·ty, adjectivehy·per·mo·ral·i·ty, nounpre·mo·ral·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for morality

1. See goodness. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for morality

Contemporary Examples of morality

Historical Examples of morality

  • Aspasia remained in Athens, triumphant over the laws of religion and morality.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • She was little concerned with the morality of her course as others might appraise it.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • And then at once arises the danger into which morality has led us: the danger of persecution.

  • "No faith with duns" became, as he frankly declared, a maxim of his morality.

  • His morality, which was very complete, demanded that from him.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for morality


noun plural -ties

the quality of being moral
conformity, or degree of conformity, to conventional standards of moral conduct
a system of moral principles
an instruction or lesson in morals
short for morality play
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Word Origin and History for morality

late 14c., "moral qualities," from Old French moralité "moral (of a story); moral instruction; morals, moral character" (13c.) and directly from Late Latin moralitatem (nominative moralitas) "manner, character," from Latin moralis (see moral (adj.)). Meaning "goodness" is attested from 1590s.

Where there is no free agency, there can be no morality. Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue. Where the routine is rigorously proscribed by law, the law, and not the man, must have the credit of the conduct. [William H. Prescott, "History of the Conquest of Peru," 1847]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper