Definition of amoral in English:

amoral

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Pronunciation: /eɪˈmɒr(ə)l
 
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adjective

Lacking a moral sense; unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something: an amoral attitude to sex
More example sentences
  • Widespread as it may be, it is nevertheless a way of thinking that is profoundly amoral, unethical and indeed barbaric.
  • She has been exposed as an amoral, unfeeling, self-serving, despicably conscience-less human being.
  • It's taken a very amoral stand, in that essential issues are often portrayed as simply one side says this and the other side says that.
Synonyms
unprincipled, without standards, without morals; unethical, without scruples, unscrupulous

Usage

Amoral is distinct in meaning from immoral: while immoral means ‘not conforming to accepted standards of morality’, amoral implies ‘not concerned with morality’. The difference is illustrated in the following two examples: the client pays for the amoral expertise of the lawyer; the council judged the film to be immoral and obscene.

Derivatives

amoralism

noun
More example sentences
  • Traditionalists tolerate a certain amount of amoralism in the market because they see the market as an important disciplining institution - a valuable tool of social order.
  • In many of his over 150 tales, he flirts with mercilessness and amoralism.
  • Another is to retreat into various shades of nihilism, cynicism or amoralism, gazing blankly at a world of stone.

amoralist

noun
More example sentences
  • If you think atheists are all miserable, nihilistic amoralists, this book should put you straight.
  • The writings of a great amoralist - a de Sade, a Stirner, a Nietzsche - can inspire a handful of murders in two centuries.
  • Many cognitivists have not found this a persuasive characterization of all amoralists.

amorality

Pronunciation: /-ˈralɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • Immorality or amorality in such a system has potential consequences that reach far beyond the well being of the individual's soul.
  • Violence, profanity, and amorality all have their place in a story, if these qualities are observed or reported truths.
  • That emotion, when it comes, releases us from the amorality and nastiness of our situation as voyeurs.

amorally

adverb
More example sentences
  • As far as this particular scenario is concerned, ethics may as well be a county in the south of England, so amorally do the main protagonists appear to have behaved.
  • When was the last time you saw a doctor behaving amorally on a Medical drama?
  • If their gift is used amorally they may end up manipulating others for their own benefit.

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