from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not admitting of moral distinctions or judgments; neither moral nor immoral.
- adj. Lacking moral sensibility; not caring about right and wrong.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. being neither moral nor immoral
- adj. not believing in or caring for morality and immorality
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Devoid of moral quality; neither moral nor immoral; non-moral.
Would-be oppressors have historically recruited whatever argument (s) are at hand to justify atrocity, whether based on the in-group's supposed superiority, the victim's supposed moral failings, supposed divine preferences, or plain amoral arbitrariness.
That someone who could easily be amoral is portrayed with dimension is fantastic.
Because, Tremain thought, I'm a mercenary thug who used the word amoral?
Those may be the most corrupt of all, since their expedient "make no waves" mentality was at the very least amoral, which is another way of saying immoral.
By the way, as an Episcopalian I rather resent being called amoral for sharing in the happiness of various gay friends and relations.
The bashing is absurdly unfair as shown by, among other things, the fact that the critics of the so-called amoral policies of Bush have been silent when Obama says he will embrace the amoral realism practiced by previous Administrations.
I can't believe she's calling the amoral Micheal Fumento a public intellectual:
In literature, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was called amoral, with many other works of the Russian novelists and playwrights; and the list of English playwrights who have been charged with a lack of any moral sense goes all the way from the Restoration to Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw.
That's what's known as amoral -- having no moral values, either good or bad.
Any such arguments are completely utilitarian (aka amoral).