A lack of morality can lead to bad behavior—but can behaving badly make us lose our morals?
morals are more important and more valuable than democracy.
Within a few months, she was fired from the school for violating its Catholic “morals clause.”
Formerly to impair the morals was a minor was a punishable offense.
He ends by summing up the morals of the story in a series of earnest non-sequiturs, mostly having to do with tolerance.
Between righteousness and morals the difference is important.
They wanted me to be shackled: for early did they doubt my morals, as to the sex.
This applies, not only to morals, but to the minor morals—the manners.
I have said that the refuge in God is not a question of morals; but it is one of righteousness.
There were those who, if pressed, would have conceded that Reginald had no morals.
mid-14c., "pertaining to character or temperament" (good or bad), from Old French moral (14c.) and directly from Latin moralis "proper behavior of a person in society," literally "pertaining to manners," coined by Cicero ("De Fato," II.i) to translate Greek ethikos (see ethics) from Latin mos (genitive moris) "one's disposition," in plural, "mores, customs, manners, morals," of uncertain origin. Perhaps sharing a PIE root with English mood (1).
Meaning "morally good, conforming to moral rules," is first recorded late 14c. of stories, 1630s of persons. Original value-neutral sense preserved in moral support, moral victory (with sense of "pertaining to character as opposed to physical action"). Related: Morally.
"moral exposition of a story," c.1500, from moral (adj.) and from French moral and Late Latin morale.