Morale Definition

Moral or mental condition with respect to courage, discipline, confidence, enthusiasm, willingness to endure hardship, etc. within a group, in relation to a group, or within an individual.
Webster's New World

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

After the layoffs morale was at an all time low, they were so dispirited nothing was getting done.
Morale is an important quality in soldiers. With good morale they'll charge into a hail of bullets; without it they won't even cross a street.

Origin of Morale

  • French morality, good conduct from feminine of moral moral from Old French moral

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French moral

    From Wiktionary

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