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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

the moral high ground

COMMON If a person or organization has the moral high ground, their policies or actions are morally better than the policies or actions of their opponents. No single political party can claim the moral high ground for honesty or religious authority. When it comes to invasion of privacy, none of the newspapers can take the moral high ground. All are guilty. Compare with the high ground.
See also: ground, high, moral

(give somebody) ˌmoral supˈport

(give somebody) your friendship, encouragement, approval, etc. rather than financial or practical help: Will you stay and give me some moral support while I explain to him why I’m late?Your moral support alone isn’t enough. We need money to fund this cause.
See also: moral, support

take, claim, seize, etc. the moral ˈhigh ground

claim that your side of an argument is morally better than your opponents’ side; argue in a way that makes your side seem morally better: Don’t you try to take the moral high ground with me! You’re just as bad as I am!
See also: ground, high, moral

zipper morals

n. loose morals that lead to the easy unzipping of clothing. Ah, youth and its zipper morals!
See also: moral, zipper
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57) But, as Lyons points out, we cannot assume that there is always a direct utilitarian justification for following morally justified rules.
She observes that there are times when wrongly promising makes it morally obligatory to do as promised, and she classifies the relevant instances of Nepotism as being among those times (177, 177 n.
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The problem of moral luck is that it makes sense to say that we are morally responsible for many things that are outside of our control, such as the consequences of our actions.
Jimmy Carr may be morally wrong but he's not the only one.
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In a morally good or bad way, man is motivated and drawn in spirit towards a heavenly or earthly god.
Is it really any surprise that even the most traditionallyminded voters in Wales are turning away in their droves from the morally bankrupt Labour Party and their equally morally bereft minions in Plaid Cymru, without whose cringing sycophantic support they would not be able to maintain their stranglehold on our long-suffering people?
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And morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq as Blair did.
Leo Adler's letter regarding morally responsible investment proposed by Anglicans and some other churches raised an issue that needs to be addressed.
None of which bodes well for a movement that promised nothing short of miracles - the lame will walk, a cure for Alzheimer's, an end to Parkinson's, all just around the corner - on the basis of a nascent, morally and practically problematic technology that experts agree is, at best, decades away from delivering on any significant real-world applications.