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Moral vs Morale


  • ‘Moral’ (noun) refers to the lesson or message that can be learned from something.
  • ‘Morale’ (noun) refers to the emotional or psychological state of mind of a person or group.

What’s the difference between ‘moral’ and ‘morale’?

As they differ by just one letter, it can be easy to confuse these two words. But they mean completely different things, as defined above.

  • Note that ‘moral’ can also be used as an adjective which is synonymous with ‘ethical’ (e.g. ‘a moral choice’).
  • Its plural form (‘morals’) refers to moral practices or modes of conduct adopted by a person or group (e.g. ‘the morals and politics of China’).

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How they’re used

Example sentences with ‘moral’

  • The moral of the story is highlighted in the last chapter.
  • Her decision was based on a moral judgment.

Example sentences with ‘morale’

  • Businesses adopted measures to boost employees’ morale.
  • High morale was correlated with higher productivity.