moral tone

See: ethics
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Within the Church were many sincere and able men unselfishly devoting their lives to the service of their fellows; but the moral tone of the organization as a whole had suffered from its worldly prosperity and power.
But it seemed as though in this moment of change he had at last perceived what a power he had been; for he remarked to one of the prosecuting counsel who had assumed a lofty moral tone in questioning him, that--yes, he had gambled--he liked cards.
You have got what we want so much in political life nowadays - high character, high moral tone, high principles.
Well, it is what is called nowadays a high moral tone, father.
This exclamation afforded him a little solace, and a sort of reddish reflection which he caught sight of at that moment, at the extremity of a long and narrow lane, completed the elevation of his moral tone.
Only when Prime Minister Manuel Valls started to forcefully address the refugees' ordeal in a moral tone, in a speech on August 30, and then proceeded to travel to Calais, did Le Pen raise her voice, warning him not to"sacrifice Calais to the EU dogmas" and"open the doors of our country to new illegal immigrants.
There is a moral tone for women that does not exist for men and that p*** me off
Even if Christie didn't order the bridge mischief, or if he was left out of the scheming loop, the governor is directly responsible for the men and women who serve on his staff, and he is responsible for setting the moral tone of his office.
Even the Speaker, there to set the entire moral tone, was found to be housing his nanny and her husband in the Palace of Westminster at public expense.
Wallis's small scale and his dank subject matter--you could almost smell the fish--set not only a dark formal example but, in a manner of speaking, a moral tone as well.
Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, felt that this concept within his doctrine of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" should set the moral tone of a progressive, industrialised, and enlightened nation.
And enough talk about "austerity," with its implicit moral tone of repentance.