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Definition 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.

Morality Quotations

A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
George Washington

The modern view of criminal justice, broadly, is that public concern with morality or expediency decrees expiation for the violation of a norm; this concern finds expression in the infliction of punishment on the evil doer by agents of the state, the evil doer, however, enjoying the protection of a regular procedure.
Max Weber

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
Immanuel Kant

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
Thomas Jefferson
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Morality Translations

morality in Dutch is zedelijkheid, moraliteit
morality in French is vertu
morality in German is Sittlichkeit, Moral
morality in Portuguese is virtude
morality in Spanish is moralidad
morality in Swedish is sedlighet, moral
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