immorality


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

immorality

noun atrocity, bad repute, carnality, concupiscence, contamination, corruption, criminality, delinquency, demoralization, depravity, dissoluteness, evil, indecency, iniquity, knavery, lechery, lewdness, loose morals, misdoing, obscenity, perversion, salacity, sexual promiscuity, sin, turpitude, vice, wickedness, wrong
Associated concepts: adultery, bribery, criminal conversaaion, immoral conduct, immoral contracts, lewdness
See also: bad repute, delinquency, guilt, misconduct, misdoing, obscenity, perversion, turpitude, vice, wrong

IMMORALITY. that which is contra bonos mores. In England, it is not punishable in some cases, at the common law, on, account of the ecclesiastical jurisdictions: e. g. adultery. But except in cases belonging to the ecclesiastical courts, the court of king's bench is the custom morum, and may punish delicto contra bonos mores. 3 Burr. Rep. 1438; 1 Bl. Rep. 94; 2 Strange, 788. In Pennsylvania, and most, if not all the United States, all such cases come under one and the same jurisdiction.
     2. Immoral contracts are generally void; an agreement in consideration of future illicit cohabitation between the parties; 3 Burr. 1568; S. C. 1 Bl. Rep. 517; 1 Esp. R. 13; 1 B. & P. 340, 341; an agreement for the value of libelous and immoral pictures, 4 Esp. R. 97; or for printing a libel, 2 Stark. R. 107; or for an immoral wager, Chit. Contr. 156, cannot, therefore, be enforced. For whatever arises from an immoral or illegal consideration, is void: quid turpi ex causa promissum est non valet. Inst. 3, 20, 24.
     3. It is a general rule, that whenever an agreement appears to be illegal, immoral, or against public policy, a court of justice leaves the parties where it finds them; when the agreement has been executed, the court will not rescind it; when executory, the count will not help the execution. 4 Ohio R. 419; 4 John. R. 419; 11 John. R. 388; 12 John. R. 306; 19 John. R. 341; 3 Cowen's R. 213; 2 Wils. R. 341.

References in classic literature ?
These Indians are considered civilized; but what their character may have gained by a lesser degree of ferocity, is almost counterbalanced by their entire immorality.
The growing indignation was voiced from time to time in published protests, of which the last, in 1698, was the over-zealous but powerful 'Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage' by Jeremy Collier, which carried the more weight because the author was not a Puritan but a High-Church bishop and partisan of the Stuarts.
We do not quarrel with dancing in itself, captain; it is forbidden because it leads to immorality, which troubles the peace of the countryside and corrupts its manners.
Nothing," answered Margaret, wondering what would have happened if she had added: "Though she did resent my husband's immorality.
Sparsit in an undertone, and much dejected by the immorality of the people.
Dubai: A woman pretending to be a GCC national used social media to spread immoral and indecent content that incites vice and immorality, Dubai Police said on Thursday.
Seven of the nine women were convicted of immorality and two others of theft.
Adhering to our culture and civilization we should stay away from this festival of obscenity and immorality, they urged.
Geelani said that the people must take necessary steps so that the rising immorality could be eradicated from the valley.
According to the Iran-based Al-Alam news network the cleric is alleged to have decreed: "turning on the cooler ventilator is prohibited for women in the absence of their husbands" because "the woman's act is very dangerous, and may bring about immorality in the society.
It knows that the Catholic Church is the last bastion of hope against a materialistic world that craves immorality at every step including homosexuality, same-sex marriage, easy divorce, abortion, radical feminism, contraception, embryonic stem-cell research, and cloning.
According to a legislative analysis for the bill, in the last five years, there have been only two convictions for promoting sexual immorality.