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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Mor"al
Senses
  1. Relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so far as they are properly subject to rules."Keep at the least within the compass of moral actions, which have in them vice or virtue." [Hooker.]"Mankind is broken loose from moral bands." [Dryden.]"She had wandered without rule or guidance in a moral wilderness." [Hawthorne.]
  2. Conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral rather than a religious life."The wiser and more moral part of mankind." [Sir M. Hale.]
  3. Capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by a sense of right; subject to the law of duty."A moral agent is a being capable of those actions that have a moral quality, and which can properly be denominated good or evil in a moral sense." [J. Edwards.]
  4. Acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to material and physical; as, moral pressure or support.
  5. Supported by reason or probability; practically sufficient; -- opposed to legal or demonstrable; as, a moral evidence; a moral certainty.
  6. Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson; moral tales.

Etymology: F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct

noun Mor"al
Senses
  1. The doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of living as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; -- usually in the plural."Corrupt in their morals as vice could make them." [South.]
  2. The inner meaning or significance of a fable, a narrative, an occurrence, an experience, etc.; the practical lesson which anything is designed or fitted to teach; the doctrine meant to be inculcated by a fiction; a maxim."Thus may we gather honey from the weed, And make a moral of the devil himself." [Shak.]"To point a moral, or adorn a tale." [Johnson.]"We protest against the principle that the world of pure comedy is one into which no moral enters." [Macaulay.]
  3. A morality play. See Morality, 5.
verb Mor"al
To moralize.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The significance of a story or event ("the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor")
  2. Concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles ("moral sense", "a moral scrutiny", "a moral lesson", "a moral quandary", "moral convictions", and "a moral life")
  3. Psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect ("a moral victory" and "moral support")
Wiktionary

From French moral, from Latin mōrālis (“relating to manners or morals”) (first used by Cicero, to translate Ancient Greek ἠθικός (ēthikós, “moral”)), from mos (“manner, custom”).

  1. (of a narrative) The ethical significance or practical lesson.
    The of The Boy Who Cried Wolf is that if you repeatedly lie, people won't believe you when you tell the truth.
  2. Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.
  3. (obsolete) A morality play.

moral was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, Ladin, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Swedish

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Moral Maron is an athlete for the Maccabi Kfar Saba F.C. (women).

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José Zorrilla was a poet and playwright. José was given the name José Zorrilla y Moral on February 21st, 1817 in Valladolid, León, Spain. He died on January 23rd, 1893.

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Vaness del Moral is an actress, tv personality, dancer, actor, television, dance, and tvpersonality anddancer. Her ongoing career started in 2005. Vaness was given the name Martha Vanessa Antonio del Moral on May 23rd, 1988 in Baguio. Vaness is also known as Vaneng, Van, and Vane.

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Sukran was born in 1962.

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Álvaro del Moral is a soccer player for the SD Ejea, Atlético Madrid, Atlético Madrid B, RSD Alcalá, CD Linares, CD Baza, Benidorm CF, Levante UD, UD Logroñés, UD Melilla, Kristianstad FC, and First Vienna FC. Álvaro was born on May 9th, 1984 in Madrid.

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Eduardo Brizuela del Moral is a Governor of Catamarca, for Catamarca Province, Mayor of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, Senator, forCatamarca Province, Mayor ofSan Fernando del Valle de Catamarca, and Argentine Senate. Eduardo was born on August 20th, 1944 in San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Moral U.S.
  White 15.62% 64.26%
  African American 1.38% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 27.26% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 54.06% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Moral

  • How Popular is the name Moral? Moral is the 79,710th most popular name of all time. As a last name Moral was the 34,618th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Moral have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6 babies born with the first name Moral in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Moral? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Moral first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Moral is Tuesday, July 28th, 1885.
  • What year had the most people named Moral born? The highest recorded use of the first name Moral was in 1918 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Moral: Your name in reverse order is Larom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Orlam. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Moral? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 653 people with the last name Moral.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Moral? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Moral as their last name since less than 1 person in 455k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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