Morale is the spirit a group has that makes them want to succeed. It's a sense of well-being that comes from confidence, usefulness, and purpose.

We often talk about the morale of groups in tough situations, and we can describe them as having "good morale" or "low morale." If too many members of a combat unit are killed and the surviving soldiers start to doubt they’ll make it home alive, then their morale is very very low. We can also talk about individual morale. In order to succeed, a sailor on a solo trip around the world needs plenty of ways to keep her morale up.

Definitions of morale
  1. noun
    a state of individual psychological well-being based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose
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    type of:
    mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
    (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic
  2. noun
    the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
    synonyms: esprit de corps, team spirit
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    type of:
    disposition, temperament
    your usual mood
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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