moral

The moral of a story is the lesson that story teaches about how to behave in the world.

Moral comes from the Latin word mores, for habits. The moral of a story is supposed to teach you how to be a better person. If moral is used as an adjective, it means good, or ethical. If you have a strong moral character, you are a good member of society. If someone is a cheat and a liar, you might say, "She is not a moral person."

Definitions of moral
  1. adjective
    concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
    moral sense”
    “a moral scrutiny”
    “a moral lesson”
    “a moral quandary”
    moral convictions”
    “a moral life”
    Synonyms:
    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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    Antonyms:
    immoral
    deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
    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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  2. noun
    the significance of a story or event
    “the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor”
    synonyms: lesson
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    type of:
    import, meaning, significance, signification
    the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  3. adjective
    psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect
    “a moral victory”
    moral support”
    Synonyms:
    mental
    involving the mind or an intellectual process
Commonly confused words

moral / morale

A moral is the lesson of a story. Add an "e" and you have morale: the spirit of a group that makes everyone want to pitch in and do better.

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