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

n 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”
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
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

n morally objectionable behavior

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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