amoral, immoral, unmoral

amoral, immoral, unmoral
Amoral means "not concerned with moral standards," "not to be judged by the criteria or standards of morality." Animals and morons may be considered amoral. Immoral means "wicked," "depraved," "contrary to accepted principles of right and wrong." The acts of thieves, rapists, and murderers are immoral. Unmoral means "having no morality," "unable to distinguish right from wrong." Thus, an infant or a mentally retarded person may be considered unmoral. Amoral, unmoral, and the less-used nonmoral are virtual synonyms.

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  • immoral — immoral, unmoral, nonmoral, amoral are all briefly definable as not moral, yet they are not often interchangeable and are frequently confused, largely because the implications and connotations of the second element are not the same in each… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • immoral — I adjective amoral, arrant, bad, base, conscienceless, corrupt, criminal, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dishonest, dishonorable, disreputable, dissipated, dissolute, evil, exploitative, false, flagitious, graceless, heinous, ignoble,… …   Law dictionary

  • amoral — non moral, unmoral, *immoral …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • immoral — immorally, adv. /i mawr euhl, i mor /, adj. 1. violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics. 2. licentious or lascivious. [1650… …   Universalium

  • unmoral — unmorality /un meuh ral i tee, maw /, n. unmorally, adv. /un mawr euhl, mor /, adj. neither moral nor immoral; amoral; nonmoral: Nature is unmoral. [1835 45; UN 1 + MORAL] Syn. See immoral. * * * …   Universalium

  • amoral — Synonyms and related words: conscienceless, corrupt, corrupted, criminal, crooked, dark, devious, dishonest, dishonorable, doubtful, dubious, evasive, felonious, fishy, fraudulent, ill got, ill gotten, immoral, indirect, insidious, nonmoral, not… …   Moby Thesaurus

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