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[im-uh-ral-i-tee, im-aw-] /ˌɪm əˈræl ɪ ti, ˌɪm ɔ-/
noun, plural immoralities.
immoral quality, character, or conduct; wickedness; evilness.
sexual misconduct.
an immoral act.
Origin of immorality
1560-70; immoral + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Also, it was used not to oust a dictatorship but to eliminate immorality and corruption in government.
  • No more human sacrifices, bloodsheds and gross immorality.
  • Those rare cases of blatant immorality must be rooted out and publicly exposed-as this case was, by vigilance within the field.
  • One doesn't have to be squeaky clean in order to denounce immorality and viciousness in public life, to be sure.
  • But, this is not so striking as the character of justifications that are being invented for dishonesty and immorality.
  • These concepts have long ago been replaced by immorality, dishonesty and outright lack of integrity.
  • The immorality is not in the act of consuming the flesh of non-human animals.
  • In a first period-period of childish immorality-the events containing the seeds of the later neurosis take place.
  • But about the fact of its immorality there is no question, and hence no need for argument.
  • Risking moral hazard isn't the same as perpetuating hazardous immorality.
British Dictionary definitions for immorality


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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