Definitions of morality

  1. The relation of conformity or nonconformity to the moral standard or rule; quality of an intention, a character, an action, a principle, or a sentiment, when tried by the standard of right.
  2. The quality of an action which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the accepted standard of right.
  3. The doctrines or rules of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics.
  4. The practice of the moral duties; rectitude of life; conformity to the standard of right; virtue; as, we often admire the politeness of men whose morality we question.
  5. A kind of allegorical play, so termed because it consisted of discourses in praise of morality between actors representing such characters as Charity, Faith, Death, Vice, etc. Such plays were occasionally exhibited as late as the reign of Henry VIII.
  6. Intent; meaning; moral.
  7. The teaching or practice of the duties of life; virtue; formerly, a kind of play intended to teach a lesson, and representing such characters as Falth, Love, etc.
  8. Quality of being moral: the quality of an action which renders it right or wrong: the practice of moral duties: virtue: the doctrine which treats of moral actions: ethics: a kind of moral allegorical play.
  9. The doctrine of man's moral duties; ethics; moral conduct; virtue.
  10. The doctrine or the practice of moral duties; ethics; virtue; moral quality; a play in which the characters personify virtues and vices.
  11. The doctrine or science of man's duties; the quality of an action which renders it good or bad.