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See also: Moral, morál, and morâl

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EtymologyEdit

From 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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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

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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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin moralis.

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moral m, f (plural morais, comparable)

  1. moral

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Serbo-CroatianEdit

PronunciationEdit

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

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mòrāl m (Cyrillic spelling мо̀ра̄л)

  1. (uncountable) moral

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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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