Definition of immoral in English:



  • Not conforming to accepted standards of morality.

    ‘unseemly and immoral behaviour’
    • ‘They embarked upon one of the most unjust, immoral, and cowardly wars in history.’
    • ‘About the closest you can get to immoral behaviour was a few overdue library books.’
    • ‘What can safely be said is that more members of this class of politician will be elected if this immoral scheme succeeds.’
    • ‘We had a mammoth discussion on how free downloading was theft and why it was immoral to do it…’
    • ‘The capacity of history to absolve political actors is a cynical and immoral doctrine.’
    • ‘Still, is it unethical or immoral to bring an extinct species back from the dead?’
    • ‘The distinction recognises that those who fight a war, even for a just cause, can do immoral things within it.’
    • ‘Part of me thinks this sounds completely immoral; part of me thinks it sounds horribly thrilling.’
    • ‘We do so because we recognise that unjustly taking another's property is immoral.’
    • ‘Is what they're saying that all the customers coming to see my show are immoral?’
    • ‘They're not only seen as polluters, but as Bad People, as selfish and immoral individuals.’
    • ‘Considered by most to be depraved and immoral, you are obsessed with sex.’
    • ‘We are digging in for a long fight to persuade government never again to embark on such a foolhardy and immoral venture.’
    • ‘Sexual behaviour is emptied of moral content and there is no warning that any type of behaviour is wrong or immoral.’
    • ‘In short, the immoral businessmen made fools out of all the honest people who pay their taxes.’
    • ‘Sometimes we have to take the law into our own hands to expose the bases' illegal and immoral activities.’
    • ‘Can an act be immoral if committed by an individual but moral if committed by a group?’
    • ‘To put it another way, no law should be immoral, but not all of morality should be enforced by law.’
    • ‘A number of them are unethical in their practices and some are even immoral.’
    • ‘You quickly find yourself doing something totally immoral and you ask yourself: what next?’
    unethical, bad, morally wrong, wrongful, wicked, evil, unprincipled, unscrupulous, dishonourable, dishonest, unconscionable, iniquitous, disreputable, fraudulent, corrupt, depraved, vile, villainous, nefarious, base, unfair, underhand, devious
    sinful, impure, unchaste, unvirtuous, shameless, degenerate, debauched, abandoned, dissolute, reprobate, perverted, indecent, lewd, licentious, wanton, bawdy, lustful, promiscuous, whorish
    shady, low-down
    dodgy, crooked, not cricket
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The words immoral and amoral are different in meaning: see amoral