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immorality

[im-uh-ral-i-tee, im-aw-] /ˌɪm əˈræl ɪ ti, ˌɪm ɔ-/
noun, plural immoralities.
1.
immoral quality, character, or conduct; wickedness; evilness.
2.
sexual misconduct.
3.
an immoral act.
Origin of immorality
1560-1570
1560-70; immoral + -ity
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  • Intemperance may be approached from the standpoint of disease or immorality.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Thus, to Spencer, the evolutionist theory contains no immorality.

  • His constant run of good fortune was the accomplice of his immorality.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • You have come to gamble, and your gambling is attended by every form of intemperance and immorality.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • These so-called French and Italian women are the best carriers of immorality from place to place.

    The History of a Lie Herman Bernstein
British Dictionary definitions for immorality

immorality

/ˌɪməˈrælɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality, character, or state of being immoral
2.
immoral behaviour, esp in sexual matters; licentiousness; profligacy or promiscuity
3.
an immoral act
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Word Origin and History for immorality
n.

1560s, from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + morality.

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