Definition of Moral Majority in US English:

Moral Majority


  • 1A political action group formed in the 1970s to further a conservative and religious agenda, including the allowance of prayer in schools and strict laws against abortion.

    • ‘During the Summer, Falwell's support of Reagan gained high visibility for his Moral Majority movement that had been formed the previous year.’
    • ‘The Moral Majority kicks off with a pro-life, pro-traditional family, pro-national defense and pro-Israel platform.’
    • ‘He is another Catholic who was a part of the Moral Majority at the beginning.’
    • ‘He led the Moral Majority, which made abortion a major issue, and claimed credit for electing President Ronald Reagan.’
    1. 1.1moral majoritytreated as plural The majority of people, regarded as favoring firm moral standards.
      ‘smokers are often made to feel like social outcasts by the moral majority’
      • ‘It is unfortunate that we have not been able to secure a UN resolution or even a moral majority.’
      • ‘The people who want cannabis to stay banned, however, seem to consider themselves the moral majority.’
      • ‘The military itself, at least, isn't behaving as stupidly as the moral majority crowd is.’
      • ‘The moral majority types, many of whom had never even seen the film were all up in arms against it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have to be very careful of minorities that present themselves as the moral majority when they are not.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even more infuriating are the self-righteous hypocrites who claim to speak for a superior moral majority.’


1970s: originally as Moral Majority, the name of a right-wing movement in the US.