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Definitions of morality

  1. motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
  2. concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
  3. 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.
  4. The quality of an action which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the accepted standard of right.
  5. The doctrines or rules of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Intent; meaning; moral.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The doctrine of man's moral duties; ethics; moral conduct; virtue.
  12. The doctrine or the practice of moral duties; ethics; virtue; moral quality; a play in which the characters personify virtues and vices.
  13. The doctrine or science of man's duties; the quality of an action which renders it good or bad.
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Usage examples for morality

  1. This young man was sucking his views about honesty, business morality, from the Atlantic and Pacific, from her husband. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  2. But there had been law and justice in the rule; religion and morality had been respected, and peace and security obtained. – The Rise of the Democracy by Joseph Clayton
  3. Suppose by some means suspicion should arise at home concerning the orthodoxy or morality of one or more of your Missionaries. – History and Ecclesiastical Relations of the Churches of the Presbyterial Order at Amoy, China by J. V. N. Talmage
  4. Now, as to their morality, if you should throw cold water upon melted iron, the scene would be terrific because the contrast would be so great; so it is with the Saints; if a small portion of wickedness happens among them, the contrast between the spirit of holiness, and the spirit of darkness is so great that it makes a great up- stir and excitement. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  5. He condemned altogether the use of force in the sphere of religion or morality; though he admitted that it might be necessary for the purposes of civil government. – Studies in Literature and History by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  6. That's my school morality; it's served me- and you too, Tom, for the matter of that- these five years. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  7. This is the sole basis of morality, and prevents man's appreciation of total reality. – Eight Keys to Eden by Mark Irvin Clifton
  8. He shows how man has emerged out of Nature, and how he has moved in the direction of gaining an inner world during the long course of civilisation, culture, morality, and religion. – An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy by W. Tudor Jones
  9. Don Custodio spoke of morality, religion, good manners, and the like. – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  10. The origin of morality..." – The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton
  11. I can't understand why writers have not found out that we women are instinctively innocent, even after we are obliged to make our morality a profession and our innocence an art. – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  12. In our love of moral sham and glitter, we overlook the real beauties of human morality; we even are so dim or vulgar sighted that we do not see them when they are shown to us. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  13. Mr Merton then seeing the fixed determination of the farmer, and feeling the justice of his coarse but strong morality, was obliged, however reluctantly, to desist; and Mrs Sandford coming to invite them to dinner, he entered the house, and paid his respects to the family. – The History of Sandford and Merton by Thomas Day
  14. Talk about the morality of gamblers. – Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George H. Devol
  15. He says, that, in certain most important respects, " it falls far below the best morality of the ancients." – Selections from the Prose Works of Matthew Arnold by Matthew Arnold
  16. Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged. – The University of Michigan by Wilfred Shaw
  17. He saw the weakness of Morality without the inspiring power of Religion. – Modern Substitutes for Christianity by Pearson McAdam Muir
  18. The whole speculation about morality is an effort to find a way of living which men who live it will instinctively feel is good. – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  19. I also sought the aid of Holy Church, which never refuses in the cause of morality- Heaven be praised! – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
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