immoral, amoral
Both words are applied to people, to people's actions, and to standards of behaviour. Immoral means ‘morally wrong, wicked’, whereas amoral means ‘having no morals’, i.e. ‘outside the scope of morality’ and is strictly neutral in meaning, although in practice both words are used judgementally. Examples: (amoral)

• Children are first amoral…then enter a pre-moral stage, when social and authoritarian factors are the main restraints —M. E. Wood, 1973

• For someone who appeared so gleefully wicked and amoral, Cleo seemed surprisingly dim when it came to character judgment —C. Storm, 1993

• (immoral) This view takes into account the general view that crime is or ought to be those actions which are considered so immoral or damaging that they should be subject to punishment —J. D. Rogers, 1987

• Simon criticised Jesus for allowing such an immoral woman to touch him —R. Cooper, 1990.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • immoral — immoral, ale, aux [ i(m)mɔral, o ] adj. • v. 1660; de 1. in et moral ♦ (Personnes) Qui viole les principes de la morale établie. Homme foncièrement immoral. ⇒ corrompu, débauché, dépravé; amoral. ♢ (Choses) Contraire à la morale, aux bonnes mœurs …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • immoral — immoral, unmoral, nonmoral, amoral are all briefly definable as not moral, yet they are not often interchangeable and are frequently confused, largely because the implications and connotations of the second element are not the same in each… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • immoral — I adjective amoral, arrant, bad, base, conscienceless, corrupt, criminal, debauched, degenerate, depraved, dishonest, dishonorable, disreputable, dissipated, dissolute, evil, exploitative, false, flagitious, graceless, heinous, ignoble,… …   Law dictionary

  • Immoral — Im*mor al, a. [Pref. im not + moral: cf. F. immoral.] Not moral; inconsistent with rectitude, purity, or good morals; contrary to conscience or the divine law; wicked; unjust; dishonest; vicious; licentious; as, an immoral man; an immoral deed.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • immoral — immoral, ale (i mmo ral, ra l ) adj. Qui est sans principe de morale, sans moeurs. Caractère immoral. •   Entassez des monceaux d or sur des monceaux d or; et soyez heureux, si l homme immoral peut l être, RAYNAL Hist. phil. XIX, 6.    En parlant …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • immoral — (adj.) 1650s, from assimilated form of IN (Cf. in ) (1) not + MORAL (Cf. moral) (adj.). Related: Immorally …   Etymology dictionary

  • immoral — [adj] evil, degenerate abandoned, bad, corrupt, debauched, depraved, dishonest, dissipated, dissolute, fast*, graceless, impure, indecent, iniquitous, lewd, licentious, loose*, nefarious, obscene, of easy virtue*, pornographic, profligate, rakish …   New thesaurus

  • immoral — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not conforming to accepted standards of morality. DERIVATIVES immorality noun (pl. immoralities) immorally adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • immoral — [i môr′əl] adj. [< IN 2 + MORAL] 1. not in conformity with accepted principles of right and wrong behavior 2. wicked 3. not in conformity with the accepted standards of proper sexual behavior; unchaste; lewd immorally adv …   English World dictionary

  • immoral —    associated with prostitution    Literally, contrary to virtue, but confined to sexual misbehaviour in various legal jargon phrases. Thus immoral earnings, which it is a crime for a pimp to live on, are what a prostitute gets paid:     It would …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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