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Morally bad or wrong behaviour - thesaurus

Synonyms

evil

noun

a power that makes people do very bad and cruel things

sin

noun

an action or way of behaving that you think is morally wrong

wrong

noun

behaviour that is morally wrong or that breaks a rule

immorality

noun

behaviour that people think is morally wrong

enormity

noun

the fact that something is morally wrong, or the degree to which it is morally wrong

decadence

noun

behaviour that is considered immoral because it concentrates too much on pleasure

depravity

noun

formal behaviour that is immoral or evil

iniquity

noun

formal extremely immoral or unfair actions or situations

villainy

noun

literary evil or criminal behaviour

excess

noun

behaviour that you consider to be wrong because it is too extreme

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backsliding

noun

informal the lazy behaviour of someone who goes back to doing something bad after not doing it for some time

bad form

noun

Britishold-fashioned behaviour that people do not like because it breaks a social rule

breach

noun

a situation in which someone does something that goes against accepted rules of social behaviour

capital offence

noun

humorous something that is considered a very bad thing to do

cardinal sin

noun

humorous something that is considered to be bad or wrong and that you must not do

cesspit

noun

British a place or situation in which people behave in a way that is not moral

cesspool

noun

a cesspit

cheat

noun

something that is not correct, but helps you to succeed

corruption

noun

the process of corrupting someone or something

darkness

noun

literary evil

debauchery

noun

behaviour that is considered to be immoral because it involves a lot of sex, alcohol, or illegal drugs

decadence

noun

so much pleasure that it almost seems morally wrong

degenerate

noun

formal someone whose behaviour is considered shocking or immoral

delinquency

noun

criminal or immoral behaviour, especially by young people

dereliction of duty

noun

a serious failure to do the things that you are responsible for in your job

deviance

noun

formal behaviour that most people do not consider normal or morally correct

deviation

noun

behaviour that most people do not consider morally correct

the devil makes/finds work for idle hands

used for saying that people who are bored or do not have enough work will start doing things that they should not do

devilry

noun

literary evil behaviour

enormity

noun

an action that is morally wrong

the forces of darkness/evil

evil influences, for example the devil

frailty

noun

the condition of having a weak character or weak moral standards

the gutter

noun

the lowest level of moral standards

heresy

noun

an action or belief that is very different from things people usually do or believe and is considered wrong

hypocrisy

noun

behaviour in which someone claims to have certain moral principles or beliefs but behaves in a way that shows they are not sincere

impropriety

noun

formal behaviour that is not honest, professional, or socially acceptable

misbehavior

the American spelling of misbehaviour

misbehaviour

noun

bad behaviour or behaviour that offends other people

misdeed

noun

formal an action that is wrong or illegal

misdemeanor

the American spelling of misdemeanour

misdemeanour

noun

formal an action that is bad or wrong, but not in a serious way

no-no

noun

informal something that most people do not approve of

nonsense

noun

unreasonable or annoying behaviour

obscenity

noun

behaviour or language that is sexually offensive, especially in a film, book, or play

peccadillo

noun

an immoral action that is not very serious or harmful

sell-out

noun

informal a situation in which someone does something that is the opposite of what they had promised or that seems to be against their principles

sin

noun

used about something that some people think is bad but is not really serious

solecism

noun

formal something that is not considered to be polite behaviour

trespass

noun

an old word meaning ‘the action of doing something that is not allowed by a moral law

trouble

noun

fighting, violence, or bad behaviour

turpitude

noun

formal behaviour that is dishonest or immoral

twilight world

noun

a way of living that is mysterious and slightly frightening or immoral

vice

noun

formal extremely bad and immoral behaviour

violation

noun

an action that is in opposition to a law, agreement, principle etc

wrong

noun

used about a particular action or situation

wrongdoing

noun

formal behaviour that is illegal or not moral

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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