One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
treated as plural The majority of people, regarded as favouring firm moral standards.‘smokers are often made to feel like social outcasts by the moral majority’
- ‘The military itself, at least, isn't behaving as stupidly as the moral majority crowd is.’
- ‘The people who want cannabis to stay banned, however, seem to consider themselves the moral majority.’
- ‘Harshly criticised at first by the moral majority, most protests were eventually forgotten as its genius came to be recognised as a vital part of US popular culture.’
- ‘It is unfortunate that we have not been able to secure a UN resolution or even a moral majority.’
- ‘Even more infuriating are the self-righteous hypocrites who claim to speak for a superior moral majority.’
- ‘We have to be very careful of minorities that present themselves as the moral majority when they are not.’
- ‘The moral majority types, many of whom had never even seen the film were all up in arms against it.’
- ‘Opposition, predictably, arrived from church groups and from the moral majority, who attacked the idea as a further erosion of traditional family values.’
- ‘They have no moral majority to make this stance, and I say that it is an affront to our Westminster democratic system.’
1970s: originally as Moral Majority, the name of a right-wing movement in the US.
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