Immorality is evil, sinful, or otherwise wrong behavior. Immorality is often called wickedness and is a state avoided by good people.

Since morality refers to things that are right, immorality has to do with things that are wrong — like stealing, lying, and murdering. This is a tricky word, because people have their own idea of what's immoral. We can all agree killing is an example of immorality, but people disagree on whether things such as bad language are truly signs of immorality. Different religions have their own ideas of immorality too, but the word is always associated with wrongness and offensiveness.

Definitions of immorality
  1. noun
    the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct
    “the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction”
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    concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
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    failure to adhere to moral principles
    corruption, degeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction
    moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
    the capability of being corrupted
    licentiousness, wantonness
    the quality of being lewd and lascivious
    anomie, anomy
    lack of moral standards in a society
    contrary to conscience or morality
    evil, evilness
    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
    sin, sinfulness, wickedness
    estrangement from god
    impiety, impiousness
    unrighteousness by virtue of lacking respect for a god
    malevolence, malevolency, malice
    the quality of threatening evil
    malignance, malignancy, malignity
    the quality of being disposed to evil; intense ill will
    balefulness, maleficence, mischief
    the quality or nature of being harmful or evil
    the greatest damage or wickedness of which one is capable
    nefariousness, ugliness, vileness, wickedness
    the quality of being wicked
    being reprehensible; worthy of and deserving reprehension or reproof
    villainousness, villainy
    the quality of evil by virtue of villainous behavior
    perverseness, perversity
    deliberately deviating from what is good
    error, wrongdoing
    departure from what is ethically acceptable
    frailty, vice
    moral weakness
    injustice, unjustness
    the practice of being unjust or unfair
    dishonorableness, dishonourableness
    the quality of not deserving honor or respect
    dishonor, dishonour
    lacking honor or integrity
    the quality of being dishonest
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    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  2. noun
    morally objectionable behavior
    synonyms: evil, iniquity, wickedness
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    devilry, deviltry
    wicked and cruel behavior
    foul play
    unfair or dishonest behavior (especially involving violence)
    irreverence, violation
    a disrespectful act
    sexual immorality
    the evil ascribed to sexual acts that violate social conventions
    blasphemy, desecration, profanation, sacrilege
    blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
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    evildoing, transgression
    the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
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