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 Dictionary entry overview: What does immoral mean? 

IMMORAL (adjective)
  The adjective IMMORAL has 5 senses:

1. deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong
2. not adhering to ethical or moral principles
3. morally unprincipled
4. characterized by wickedness or immorality
5. marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good

  Familiarity information: IMMORAL used as an adjective is common.

 Dictionary entry details 

IMMORAL (adjective)

Sense 1immoral [BACK TO TOP]


Deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong


scrofulous (morally contaminated)

disgraceful; scandalous; shameful; shocking (giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation)

debauched; degenerate; degraded; dissipated; dissolute; fast; libertine; profligate; riotous (unrestrained by convention or morality)


evil (morally bad or wrong)

unchaste (not chaste)

unrighteous (not righteous)

wicked (morally bad in principle or practice)


morality (concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct)


amoral (lacking any sense of moral standards or principles)

moral (concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles)

Sense 2immoral [BACK TO TOP]


Not adhering to ethical or moral principles


dishonourable; immoral; unethical; base; dishonorable

Context examples:

base and unpatriotic motives / a base, degrading way of life / cheating is dishonorable / they considered colonialism immoral / unethical practices in handling public funds


wrong (contrary to conscience or morality or law)

Sense 3immoral [BACK TO TOP]


Morally unprincipled

Context example:

immoral behavior


unprincipled (lacking principles or moral scruples)

Sense 4immoral [BACK TO TOP]


Characterized by wickedness or immorality


immoral; bad

Context example:

led a very bad life


evil (morally bad or wrong)

Sense 5immoral [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good


depraved; reprobate; perverse; perverted; immoral

Context examples:

depraved criminals / a perverted sense of loyalty / the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat


corrupt (lacking in integrity)

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