• (RP) IPA: /ˈmɒɹəl/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈmɔɹəl/
  • (NYC) IPA: /ˈmɑɹəl/


  1. Of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behaviour, especially for teaching right behaviour.
    moral judgments;  a moral poem
    • 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.
    • the wiser and more moral part of mankind
    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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  • Russian: духо́вный
  • German: moralisch
  • Russian: мора́льный

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.
    • 1841, Thomas Macaulay, Comic Dramatists of the Restoration (printed in Edinburgh Review, January 1841)
      We protest against the principle that the world of pure comedy is one into which no moral enters.
  2. (chiefly, in the plural) Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.
    a candidate with strong morals
  3. (obsolete) A morality play.
  4. (slang, dated) A certainty.
  5. (slang, dated) An exact counterpart.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

moral (morals, present participle moraling; past and past participle moraled)

  1. (intransitive) To moralize.

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