The UVic Writer's Guide

Moral/ Morale

As a noun, a moral is what you get at the end of a fairy tale.

As an adjective, moral means "righteous" or "ethical." It is an example of an abstract word which can be abused.

Morale measures the level of your spiritual happiness, usually when you are at war or playing sports.

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