amoral, immoral

amoral, immoral
   Amoral describes matters in which questions of morality do not arise or are disregarded; immoral applies to things that are evil.

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  • 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… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • amoral / immoral —    Amoral means having no principles at all, good or bad : Percy is totally amoral; he is either helping others or helping himself at their expense.    Immoral means bad, lacking good principles : Everything his brother does harms others whether… …   Confused words

  • amoral / immoral —    Amoral means having no principles at all, good or bad : Percy is totally amoral; he is either helping others or helping himself at their expense.    Immoral means bad, lacking good principles : Everything his brother does harms others whether… …   Confused words

  • immoral —  , amoral  Immoral applies to things that are evil; amoral describes matters in which questions of morality do not arise or are disregarded …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • immoral — See amoral. See amoral, immoral, unmoral …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • amoral — See amoral, immoral, unmoral …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • amoral — amoral, ale, aux [ amɔral, o ] adj. • 1885; de 2. a et moral ♦ Qui est moralement neutre, étranger au domaine de la moralité. « Les lois de la nature sont a morales » (Guyau). ♢ Immoral par défaut de sens moral. ⊗ CONTR. Moral. ● amoral, amorale …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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

  • immoral — immoral, ale, aux [ i(m)mɔral, o ] adj. • v. 1660; de 1. in et moral ♦ (Personnes) Qui viole les principes de la morale établie. Homme foncièrement immoral. ⇒ corrompu, débauché, dépravé; amoral. ♢ (Choses) Contraire à la morale, aux bonnes mœurs …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • amoral — immoral, amoral Both words are applied to people, to people s actions, and to standards of behaviour. Immoral means ‘morally wrong, wicked’, whereas amoral means ‘having no morals’, i.e. ‘outside the scope of morality’ and is strictly neutral in… …   Modern English usage

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