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Morality --- Immorality



   MORALITY

   - moral, righteous, virtuous, good, godly, upright

   - probity, rectitude, uprightness, integrity, honesty, honor, 
      conscientiousness, scrupulousness, truthfulness, 
      trustworthiness, reliability, dependability, high-
      mindedness, character, moral strength 


   Moral.  1. Of good character or disposition; right or proper in 
      behavior; righteous.  2. Sexually virtuous; chaste. 

   Righteous.   Conforming in disposition and conduct to a 
      standard of right and justice; upright; virtuous. 

   Virtuous.  Characterized by, exhibiting, or having the nature 
      of virtue;  morally pure and good. 

   Virtue.  1. The quality of moral righteousness or excellence; 
      rectitude.  2. The practice of moral duties and the 
      abstinence from immorality and vice: a life devoted to 
      virtue.  3. Sexual purity; chastity. 

   Good.  Morally excellent; virtuous; righteous.

   Godly.  Filled with reverence and love of God; pious.

   Upright.  Morally correct; especially just and honest.


   Virtue, goodness, morality, rectitude, and righteousness are 
      compared as they denote the disposition to be good, moral, 
      honest, upright, etc.  We regard virtue as acquired through 
      self-discipline, and predicate it of human beings only.  
      Goodness is an innate quality and so may be ascribed to God 
      as well as to man.  Morality involves conformity to an 
      accepted code of right conduct; it is less elevated but more 
      concrete than virtue.  Rectitude also implies conformity to 
      a moral code, but stresses intention or disposition; hence, 
      a man's morality may arise from fear of punishment or of 
      censure, but his rectitude can come only from a love of the 
      right and a conscious desire to follow it. The rectitude of 
      an action is to be found more in its purpose than in its 
      consequences.  Righteousness is a very close synonym of 
      rectitude, but suggests somewhat more strongly a religious 
      point of view. 






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  IMMORALITY

   - immoral, wicked, bad, evil, unprincipled, profligate, 
      dissolute, wanton, licentious, depraved, corrupt, abandoned, 
      debauched, dissipated 

   - dishonesty, unscrupulousness, unconscientiousness, 
      crookedness, knavery, rascality, reprobacy, deceitfulness, 
      untrustworthiness, unreliability, undependability, 
      infidelity, unfaithfulness 


   

   Immoral.  1. Violating the moral law; contrary to conscience or 
      public morality.  2. Sexually impure; licentious. 

   Wicked.  Evil in principle and practice; vicious; sinful; 
      depraved. 

   Bad.  Evil; wicked; immoral.

   Evil.  Morally bad; wicked.

   Unprincipled.  Lacking in moral principles; unscrupulous.

   Profligate. 1. Lost or insensible to principle, virtue, or 
      decency.  2. Recklessly extravagant; in great profusion. 

   Dissolute.  Not governed by moral restraints; abandoned; 
      debauched. 

   Wanton.  1. Dissolute; licentious; lustful.  2. Unchaste; lewd; 
      immoral. 

   Licentious.  Lacking in moral restraint; sexually abandoned; 
      lewd. 

   Depraved.  Morally debased; corrupt.

   Corrupt.  Immoral or perverted; depraved; wicked.

   Abandoned.  1. Unrestrained; without moderation.  2. Given over 
      to dissolute practices; profligate; shameless. 

   Debauch.  To corrupt in morals; seduce; deprave.

   Debauchery.  1. Gross indulgence of one's sensual appetites.  
      2. Seduction from virtue, duty, or fidelity. 

   Dissipated.  Pursuing pleasure to excess; dissolute.

   Dissipate.  1. To spend wastefully; squander.  2. To engage in 
      excessive or dissolute pleasures. 





                                  Ref.  F & W Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus




   Nov 1991


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