Definition of immoral in English:



  • Not conforming to accepted standards of morality.

    ‘an immoral and unwinnable war’
    • ‘Sexual behaviour is emptied of moral content and there is no warning that any type of behaviour is wrong or immoral.’
    • ‘We do so because we recognise that unjustly taking another's property is immoral.’
    • ‘The distinction recognises that those who fight a war, even for a just cause, can do immoral things within it.’
    • ‘What can safely be said is that more members of this class of politician will be elected if this immoral scheme succeeds.’
    • ‘They're not only seen as polluters, but as Bad People, as selfish and immoral individuals.’
    • ‘Still, is it unethical or immoral to bring an extinct species back from the dead?’
    • ‘We are digging in for a long fight to persuade government never again to embark on such a foolhardy and immoral venture.’
    • ‘The capacity of history to absolve political actors is a cynical and immoral doctrine.’
    • ‘A number of them are unethical in their practices and some are even immoral.’
    • ‘They embarked upon one of the most unjust, immoral, and cowardly wars in history.’
    • ‘Is what they're saying that all the customers coming to see my show are immoral?’
    • ‘You quickly find yourself doing something totally immoral and you ask yourself: what next?’
    • ‘In short, the immoral businessmen made fools out of all the honest people who pay their taxes.’
    • ‘To put it another way, no law should be immoral, but not all of morality should be enforced by law.’
    • ‘About the closest you can get to immoral behaviour was a few overdue library books.’
    • ‘Considered by most to be depraved and immoral, you are obsessed with sex.’
    • ‘We had a mammoth discussion on how free downloading was theft and why it was immoral to do it…’
    • ‘Can an act be immoral if committed by an individual but moral if committed by a group?’
    • ‘Sometimes we have to take the law into our own hands to expose the bases' illegal and immoral activities.’
    • ‘Part of me thinks this sounds completely immoral; part of me thinks it sounds horribly thrilling.’
    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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Immoral means ‘failing to adhere to moral standards.’ Amoral is a more neutral, impartial word meaning ‘without, or not concerned with, moral standards.’ An immoral person commits acts that violate society's moral norms. An amoral person has no understanding of these norms, or no sense of right and wrong. Amoral may also mean ‘not concerned with, or outside the scope of morality’ (following the pattern of apolitical, asexual). Amoral, then, may refer to a judicial ruling that is concerned only with narrow legal or financial issues. Whereas amoral may be simply descriptive, immoral is judgmental