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[muh-ral] /məˈræl/
emotional or mental condition with respect to cheerfulness, confidence, zeal, etc., especially in the face of opposition, hardship, etc.:
the morale of the troops.
Origin of morale
1745-55; < French, noun use of feminine of moral moral
Can be confused
moral, morale (see synonym study at moral) Unabridged
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the degree of mental or moral confidence of a person or group; spirit of optimism
Word Origin
C18: morals, from French, n. use of moral (adj)
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Word Origin and History for morale

1752, "moral principles or practice," from French morale "morality, good conduct," from fem. of Old French moral "moral" (see moral (adj.)). Meaning "confidence" (especially in a military context) first recorded 1831, from confusion with French moral (French distinguishes le moral "temperament" and la morale "morality").

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