mor·ale [morale morales] BrE [məˈrɑːl] NAmE [məˈræl] noun uncountable
the amount of confidence and enthusiasm, etc. that a person or a group has at a particular time
• to boost/raise/improve morale
• Morale amongst the players is very high at the moment.
• Staff are suffering from low morale.
• Another win would be good for the team's morale.
mid 18th cent.: from French moral. The spelling was changed to preserve the final stress in pronunciation.
• Morale among nurses is at rock bottom.
• Morale is very high in the school.
• The army has a major morale problem.
• The bonus helped maintain morale among the staff.
• These unfortunate incidents sapped both our morale and our resources.
• measures designed to boost the morale of the police
• The team is suffering from low morale.
1. a state of individual psychological well-being based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose
2. the spirit of a group that makes the members want the group to succeed
Syn: esprit de corps, team spirit
Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
|n.||1.||The moral condition, or the condition in other respects, so far as it is affected by, or dependent upon, moral considerations, such as zeal, spirit, hope, and confidence; mental state, as of a body of men, an army, and the like.|
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