2. [syn: ethical motive, ethics, morals, morality]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Morality \Mo*ral"i*ty\, n.; pl. Moralities. [L. moralitas: cf.
1. The relation of conformity or nonconformity to the moral
standard or rule; quality of an intention, a character, an
action, a principle, or a sentiment, when tried by the
standard of right.
The morality of an action is founded in the freedom
of that principle, by virtue of which it is in the
agent's power, having all things ready and requisite
to the performance of an action, either to perform
or not perform it. --South.
2. The quality of an action which renders it good; the
conformity of an act to the accepted standard of right.
Of moralitee he was the flower. --Chaucer.
I am bold to think that morality is capable of
3. The doctrines or rules of moral duties, or the duties of
men in their social character; ethics.
The end of morality is to procure the affections to
obey reason, and not to invade it. --Bacon.
The system of morality to be gathered out of . . .
ancient sages falls very short of that delivered in
the gospel. --Swift.
4. The practice of the moral duties; rectitude of life;
conformity to the standard of right; virtue; as, we often
admire the politeness of men whose morality we question.
5. A kind of allegorical play, so termed because it consisted
of discourses in praise of morality between actors
representing such characters as Charity, Faith, Death,
Vice, etc. Such plays were occasionally exhibited as late
as the reign of Henry VIII. --Strutt.
6. Intent; meaning; moral. [Obs.]
Taketh the morality thereof, good men. --Chaucer.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: concern with the distinction between good and evil or right
and wrong; right or good conduct [ant: immorality]
2: motivation based on ideas of right and wrong [syn: ethical
motive, ethics, morals, morality]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
153 Moby Thesaurus words for "morality":
Grand Guignol, Passion play, Tom show, angelicalness, antimasque,
assignment, audience success, ballet, behavior, bomb,
broadcast drama, burlesque show, chalk talk, charade, cliff hanger,
closet drama, comedy drama, conduct, critical success, customs,
daytime serial, decency, dialogue, discourse, disquisition,
documentary drama, drama, dramalogue, dramatic play,
dramatic series, duodrama, duologue, epic theater, ethicality,
ethicalness, ethics, exercise, experimental theater, exposition,
extravaganza, failure, fair play, fairness, flop, gasser, giveaway,
godliness, goodness, habits, happening, harangue, hit, hit show,
homework, homily, honesty, ideals, improvisational drama,
instruction, integrity, justice, lecture, lecture-demonstration,
legitimate drama, lesson, masque, melodrama, minstrel show,
miracle, miracle play, monodrama, monologue, moral, moral lesson,
moral rectitude, morale, morality play, moralization, morals,
mores, music drama, musical revue, mystery, mystery play,
object lesson, opera, pageant, panel show, pantomime, pastoral,
pastoral drama, piece, play, playlet, preachment, principles,
probity, problem play, propriety, psychodrama, quiz show,
radio drama, recital, recitation, rectitude, review, revue, right,
right conduct, righteousness, rightness, saintlikeness,
saintliness, sensational play, serial, sermon, set task, show,
sitcom, situation comedy, sketch, skit, skull session, soap,
soap opera, sociodrama, spectacle, stage play, stage show,
standards, straight drama, success, suspense drama, tableau,
tableau vivant, talk, talk show, task, teaching, teleplay,
television drama, television play, theater of cruelty,
total theater, uprightness, variety show, vaudeville,
vaudeville show, vehicle, virtue, virtuousness,
word-of-mouth success, work