What is moral?

  • (adj): Concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles.
    Example: "Moral sense"; "a moral scrutiny"; "a moral lesson"; "a moral quandary"; "moral convictions"; "a moral life"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A moral (from Latin morālis) is a message conveyed or a lesson to be learned from a story or event. The moral may be left to the hearer, reader or viewer to determine for themselves, or may be explicitly encapsulated in a maxim.

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Arts and Morals
... them while the novels of Charles Dickens are a vehicle for morals regarding the social and economic system of Victorian Britain ... Morals have typically been more obvious in children's literature, sometimes even being introduced with the phrase "The moral of the story is …" ... Aesop's Fables are the most famous of stories with strong moral conclusions ...

More definitions of "moral":

  • (noun): The significance of a story or event.
    Example: "The moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
    Synonyms: lesson
  • (adj): Psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect.
    Example: "A moral victory"; "moral support"
  • (adj): Based on strong likelihood or firm conviction rather than actual evidence.
    Example: "A moral certainty"
  • (adj): Relating to principles of right and wrong; i.e. to morals or ethics.
    Example: "Moral philosophy"
  • (adj): Arising from the sense of right and wrong.
    Example: "A moral obligation"
  • (adj): Adhering to ethical and moral principles.
    Example: "Had the moral courage to stand alone"
    Synonyms: ethical, honorable, honourable

Famous quotes containing the word moral:

    “I want it” is not a moral imperative.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
    Charles Darwin (1809–1882)

    America is no place for an artist: to be an artist is to be a moral leper, an economic misfit, a social liability. A corn-fed hog enjoys a better life than a creative writer, painter, or musician. To be a rabbit is better still.
    Henry Miller (1891–1980)