Essentially ethic and moral are the same concept of right versus wrong conduct, except the ethical rules are set by society, whether it’s the tribe, the culture, the religious group, or professional organizations while the moral principles are the ones the individual holds to.
You may also want to explore the Word Confusion post “Moral vs Morale vs Morel“.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: ethics; Oxford Dictionaries: ethic|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural noun: ethics
Plural for noun: morals
|Societal rules of right and wrong
[Rare] Relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these
A complex of moral precepts held or rules of conduct followed by an individual
|Personal rules of right and wrong
Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character
Holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct
[morals] A person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do
The ethic question is of wider import.
I think there is an ethic question here.
Of course these ethic questions must be answered in the comfort of your own home safe and warm at night.
The Christian ethic is one of virtuous behavior that would please Jesus.
When a bureaucrat wields authority for which they were not elected, they must apply a personal ethic.
“An ethic of service is at war with a craving for gain.” – Gregg Easterbrook
Is the core ethic of our society to maximize personal wealth?
But a strong work ethic was instilled in him at an early age.
There exists a code of ethics in most branches of medicine and science, not that everyone adheres to them.
Many scientists question the ethics of cruel experiments.
Medical ethics forbid doing harm.
Christian ethics seem to go by the wayside when inconvenient.
His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.
Cultural ethics vary from people to people.
We must consider the moral dimensions of medical intervention.
Hey, it was my moral judgment.
An individual’s ambitions may get out of step with the general moral code.
The moral obligation of society to do something about the inner city’s problems.
Those moral philosophers live in a cloud.
He prides himself on being a highly moral and ethical person.
This is a corruption of public morals.
They believe addicts have no morals and cannot be trusted.
The Moral Majority was a right-wing movement in the US in the 1970s who were determined to impose their sense of right and wrong on others.
|Adjective: ethical, nonethic
Noun: ethicality, ethicist
Adverb: moralistically, moralizingly, morally
Noun: moralism, moralist, moralities, morality, moralization, moralizer
Verb: moralize, moralized, moralizes, moralizing
|History of the Word:|
|Late Middle English (denoting ethics or moral philosophy; also used attributively), is from the Old French éthique, from the Latin ethice, which is from the Greek (hē) ēthikē (tekhnē) meaning (the science of) morals, based on ēthos.||Late Middle English from the Latin moralis, which is from mos, mor- meaning custom, the plural mores means morals.
As a noun the word was first used to translate Latin Moralia, the title of St Gregory the Great’s moral exposition of the Book of Job and was subsequently applied to the works of various classical writers.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!