Mo*ral"i*ty (?), n.; pl.
Moralities (#). [L. moralitas: cf. F.
moralité.] 1. The relation of
conformity or nonconformity to the moral standard or rule; quality of
an intention, a character, an action, a principle, or a sentiment,
when tried by the standard of right.
The morality of an action is founded in the
freedom of that principle, by virtue of which it is in the agent's
power, having all things ready and requisite to the performance of an
action, either to perform or not perform it.
2. The quality of an action which renders it
good; the conformity of an act to the accepted standard of
Of moralitee he was the flower.
I am bold to think that morality is capable of
3. The doctrines or rules of moral duties, or
the duties of men in their social character; ethics.
The end of morality is to procure the
affections to obey reason, and not to invade it.
The system of morality to be gathered out of .
. . ancient sages falls very short of that delivered in the
4. The practice of the moral duties;
rectitude of life; conformity to the standard of right; virtue; as,
we often admire the politeness of men whose morality we
5. A kind of allegorical play, so termed
because it consisted of discourses in praise of morality between
actors representing such characters as Charity, Faith, Death, Vice,
etc. Such plays were occasionally exhibited as late as the reign of
Henry VIII. Strutt.
6. Intent; meaning; moral. [Obs.]
Taketh the morality thereof, good