from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of the spirits of a person or group as exhibited by confidence, cheerfulness, discipline, and willingness to perform assigned tasks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The capacity of people to maintain belief in an institution or a goal, or even in oneself and others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The moral condition, or the condition in other respects, so far as it is affected by, or dependent upon, moral considerations, such as zeal, spirit, hope, and confidence; mental state, as of a body of men, an army, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Moral or mental condition as regards courage, zeal, hope, confidence, and the like: used especially of a body of men engaged in a hazardous enterprise, as soldiers or sailors in time of war.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
  • n. a state of individual psychological well-being based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose


French, morality, good conduct, from feminine of moral, moral, from Old French; see moral.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French moral (Wiktionary)



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