moral

(redirected from morally)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to morally: Morally wrong

moral compass

That which serves or guides a person's knowledge, sense, or intuition of correct virtues, morals, or ethics. Our country's moral compass has surely gone awry in recent times, as our priorities seem now to favor the wealthy accumulating more wealth at the expense of any other concern.
See also: compass, moral

claim the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to claim the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: claim, ground, high, moral

take the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to take the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: ground, high, moral, take

seize the moral high ground

To claim, purport, or make it appear that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are morally superior to those espoused by others. The senator always tries to seize the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: ground, high, moral, seize

the moral high ground

A position of moral authority or superiority that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are claimed or purported to occupy, especially in comparison to a differing viewpoint. (Used especially in the phrase "take/claim/seize/etc. the moral high ground.") The senator always tries to claim the moral high ground during a debate so as to shift public opinion in his favor.
See also: ground, high, moral

moral low ground

A position of moral impropriety that one's arguments, beliefs, ideas, etc., are claimed or purported to occupy, especially in comparison to a differing viewpoint. The opposite of the more common phrase "moral high ground." That is a repugnant view of this case—I can't believe you're taking the moral low ground here!
See also: ground, low, moral

on moral grounds

considering reasons of morality. He complained about the television program on moral gounds. There was too much ridicule of his religion.
See also: ground, moral, on

moral support

Emotional or psychological backing, as opposed to material help. For example, There's not much I can do at the doctor's office, but I'll come with you to give you moral support . [Late 1800s]
See also: moral, support

zipper morals

n. loose morals that lead to the easy unzipping of clothing. Ah, youth and its zipper morals!
See also: moral, zipper
References in periodicals archive ?
This year's survey found a general nationwide shift toward acceptance of once-controversial issues, and even small increases in behaviors widely regarded as morally taboo.
The treatment of moral injury, I understand, begins with understanding and forgiveness, offered and received by the morally wounded.
It is morally indefensible for a Muslim or Christian or Jew to support this government.
In the first study, participants were asked how much they have forgiven themselves for an actual offense; how much they had tried such efforts as apology, asking forgiveness and restitution; how much they felt the other person had forgiven them; and how much they saw self-forgiveness as morally appropriate.
He clarifies that he aims to articulate the sense in which people who are morally responsible are accountable to each other, in a way that goes beyond their actions merely being subject to normative appraisal.
Seventy-five percent of white evangelical Protestants and 64 percent of Hispanic Catholics consider having an abortion morally wrong.
3) Buying and selling votes is morally permissible only if it does not lead sellers to vote badly.
Is it morally right for bankers to receive such high bonuses or that the elderly have to spend their savings on care?
If the Prime Minister wants to be morally right, he must admit Britain's guilt all those years ago.
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) released a statement and said the activities were groundless and morally problematic.
The Khatib Ata Allah Al-Balawi especially referred to the popular Ramadan comedy serial "Tash Ma Tash," known for relatively bold social criticism and satire, calling it morally degrading.
It argues against the view, often ascribed to Kant, that morally worthy actions must be performed because they are right and argues that Kantians and others ought instead to accept the view that morally worthy actions are those performed for the reasons why they are right.
I think it was Abraham Lincoln who said: "Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.
LAHORE, February 02, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Eminent lawyer and constitutional expert Barrister Aitizaz Ahsan has said that whoever thinks President should morally resign should also table an impeachment motion in the Parliament.
LAHORE, February 02, 2010 (Frontier Star): Eminent lawyer and constitutional expert Barrister Aitizaz Ahsan has said that whoever thinks President should morally resign should also table an impeachment motion in the Parliament.