moral

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See also: Moral, morál, and morâl

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English moral, from Old French moral, from Latin mōrālis (relating to manners or morals) (first used by Cicero, to translate Ancient Greek ἠθικός (ēthikós, moral)), from mos (manner, custom).

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moral (comparative more moral, superlative most moral)

  1. Of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behaviour, especially for teaching right behaviour.
    moral judgments;  a moral poem
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne
      She had wandered without rule or guidance in a moral wilderness.
  2. Conforming to a standard of right behaviour; sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment.
    • Sir M. Hale
      the wiser and more moral part of mankind
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      The stories did not seem to me to touch life. They were plainly intended to have a bracing moral effect, and perhaps had this result for the people at whom they were aimed. They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture, with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.
    a moral obligation
  3. Capable of right and wrong action.
    a moral agent
  4. Probable but not proved.
    a moral certainty
  5. Positively affecting the mind, confidence, or will.
    a moral victory;  moral support

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moral (plural morals)

  1. (of a narrative) The ethical significance or practical lesson.
    The moral of The Boy Who Cried Wolf is that if you repeatedly lie, people won't believe you when you tell the truth.
    • Macaulay
      We protest against the principle that the world of pure comedy is one into which no moral enters.
  2. Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.
  3. (obsolete) A morality play.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mōrālis.

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moral (masculine and feminine plural morals)

  1. moral (relating to right and wrong)
  2. moral (conforming to a standard of right behaviour)

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moral f (plural morals)

  1. morals
  2. morale

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle French and Old French moral, from Latin moralis

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moral m (plural moraux)

  1. morale, optimism

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moral (feminine singular morale, masculine plural moraux, feminine plural morales)

  1. moral

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moral m (feminine singular morala, masculine plural morai, feminine plural morales)

  1. moral

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin moralis.

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moral m, f (plural morais, comparable)

  1. moral

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /mǒraːl/
  • Hyphenation: mo‧ral

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mòrāl m (Cyrillic spelling мо̀ра̄л)

  1. (uncountable) moral

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mōrālis.

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moral (plural morales)

  1. moral

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moral f (plural morales)

  1. morals
  2. morale

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moral m (plural morales)

  1. (tree): mulberry

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Loan from French morale via German Moral, used in Swedish in Then Swänska Argus (1730s).

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moral c

  1. morale, character
  2. moral, moral practices, conduct
    snäv, viktoriansk moral
    strict, Victorian moral
  3. a moral, a lesson (of a narrative)

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Declension of moral 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative moral moralen moraler moralerna
Genitive morals moralens moralers moralernas

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