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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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  • 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.
  • Tests show that occasional trips to the cooler improve both morale and day's output.
  • They believe massive pay cuts could destroy the morale of players.
  • Nothing is worse for morale, or for the bottom line, than an employee who is only allowed to follow narrow rules.
  • The mutt quickly becomes a base mascot, and morale booster, for the whole unit.
  • Knowing someone is back home thinking about you and caring about you is a huge morale boost.
  • Unless a lad's morale is good, you can't expect his morals to be good.
British Dictionary definitions for morale


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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