moral vs morale : Common Errors in English

About moral vs morale

If you are trying to make people behave properly, you are policing their morals; if you are just trying to keep their spirits up, you are trying to maintain their morale. “Moral” is accented on the first syllable, “morale” on the second.

moral Meaning(s)

  • (n) the significance of a story or event
  • (a) concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
  • (s) psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect

morale Meaning(s)

  • (n) a state of individual psychological well-being based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose
  • (n) the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed

moral in News

  1. Debenhams’ Moral Obligation To Ban Airbrushing

    Debenhams, a high-street department store in the UK, claims that they have a moral obligation to ban the use of airbrushing techniques on all lingerie model shots. The department store says that they “want to help customers feel confident about their figures without bombarding them with unattainable body images,” says Daily Mail. The use of [...] Debenhams’ Moral Obligation To Ban Airbrushing is ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

  2. Barclays’s Jenkins Says Bankers Must Regain ‘Moral Compass’

    Barclays Plc (BARC) Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins said bankers must regain their moral footing and serve society’s long-term interests if the industry is to undo the damage caused by the financial crisis.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Are 'Moral Monday' protests homegrown?

    Organizers of the "Moral Monday" protests are now firing back at critics who say those who take part are from out of state.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: ABC11 Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville

morale in News

  1. Morale in Sheriff’s Office Low, Some Deputies Leaving Over Pay

    With no pay raises in the last five years, and short-term prospects dim, morale among Franklin County deputies is at a low point and some are looking for better paying jobs elsewhere.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Missourian

  2. At Foursquare, Morale Hits A New Low And Employees Look For Ways Out

    Sources both in and around the company say the negativity is starting to take a toll on investors and employees. Morale is low and employees are looking for ways out. Investors have been patient but in recent weeks, that patience has worn thin.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Business Insider

  3. Letta hopes for morale lift from weary Italian voters

    By Catherine Hornby ROME (Reuters) - Italian local elections that end on Monday could give a morale boost to Prime Minister Enrico Letta and confirm that support for the populist 5-Star Movement is waning. Despite a slump in turnout as Italians lose faith in their politicians, Letta hopes for a positive result for his center-left Democratic Party (PD), which nearly imploded after throwing away a ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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