immoral

Use the adjective immoral to describe a person, group, or situation that intentionally goes against accepted ideas of what is right, like a government that attacks its own people, or a friend who steals your favorite spatula.

Morals are the principles we follow that help us know the difference between right and wrong. When someone is immoral, they make decisions that purposely violate a moral agreement. Immoral is sometimes confused with amoral, which describes someone who has no morals and doesn’t know what right or wrong means. Someone immoral, though, knows the difference and does bad stuff anyway, like that so-called friend who takes your utensils.

Definitions of immoral
  1. adjective
    deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
    Synonyms:
    unchaste
    not chaste
    evil
    morally bad or wrong
    debauched, degenerate, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, profligate, riotous
    unrestrained by convention or morality
    disgraceful, scandalous, shameful, shocking
    giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation
    scrofulous
    morally contaminated
    unrighteous
    not righteous
    wicked
    morally bad in principle or practice
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    Antonyms:
    moral
    concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
    chaste
    morally pure
    good
    morally admirable
    honorable, honourable
    worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect
    chaste
    abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse
    clean, clean-living
    morally pure
    moralistic
    narrowly and conventionally moral
    righteous
    morally justified
    incorrupt
    free of corruption or immorality
    righteous
    characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice
    virtuous
    morally excellent
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  2. adjective
    not adhering to ethical or moral principles
    “they considered colonialism immoral
    synonyms: base
    wrong
    contrary to conscience or morality or law
Commonly confused words

amoral / immoral

Both have to do with right and wrong, but amoral means having no sense of either, like a fish, but the evil immoral describes someone who knows the difference, doesn’t care, and says “mwah ha ha” while twirling a mustache.

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