emotional or mental condition with respect to cheerfulness, confidence, zeal, etc., especially in the face of opposition, hardship, etc.: the morale of the troops.

1745–55; < French, noun use of feminine of moral moral

moral, morale (see synonym study at moral). Unabridged
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morale (mɒˈrɑːl)
the degree of mental or moral confidence of a person or group; spirit of optimism
[C18: morals, from French, n. use of moral (adj)]

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Word Origin & History

1752, "moral principles or practice," from Fr. morale "morality, good conduct," from fem. of O.Fr. moral "moral" (see moral (adj.)). Meaning "confidence" (especially of military) first recorded 1831, from confusion with Fr. moral (Fr. distinguishes le moral "temperament" and la morale "morality").
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Example sentences
Commanders worry about any sign of damage to morale, such as anecdotal evidence
  of rising divorce rates among servicemen.
In fact all it does is help to lower morale and drive off potential new players.
It's good for morale, and it gets you moving a little bit.
If you're a leader, have a positive attitude to increase your team's morale.
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