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    Cool moral damage?

    Hi,

    When someone feels morally harmed by another person can he say:

    "I'm going to sue you for moral damage...".

    Is the word "moral damage" apropriate? If not, which should be the right expression?

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    Re: moral damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by ieasy View Post
    Hi,

    When someone feels morally harmed by another person can he say:

    "I'm going to sue you for moral damage...".

    Is the word "moral damage" apropriate? If not, which should be the right expression?
    I have no idea what "moral harm" or "moral damage" is. Can you give us an example. Some "moral deviations" are criminal acts. Some are just a matter of taste.


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    Re: moral damage?

    EX:

    Some called me "Negro": he hurt me. So I'm going to press charges against him for........? in police headquarters.

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    Re: moral damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by ieasy View Post
    EX:

    Some called me "Negro": he hurt me. So I'm going to press charges against him for........? in police headquarters.
    I don't know what country you are from, but in the USA we value freedom of speech more than hurt feelings.


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    Re: moral damage?

    Hi MikeNewYork,
    No matter what country I am from, as you can read at the top of the thread it was digited: EX !!! And as far as I know EX means EXAMPLE. And as far as I know, this is not a political site. I am here to improve my English, nothing else. Thank you anyway.


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    Re: moral damage?

    Your example might fall into the category of "racial abuse", which would be illegal in England -- although I'm not sure how easy it is to prosecute unless physical violence is also involved.

    A quick Google search reveals that "moral damage" is a term used in law in certain countries, but I can't find a definition of the term or examples of its use.


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    Tank you boothling

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    Re: moral damage?

    Quote Originally Posted by boothling View Post
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    A quick Google search reveals that "moral damage" is a term used in law in certain countries, but I can't find a definition of the term or examples of its use.
    I think boothling is on the right track. My guess is that 'moral damage' is a legal concept used in legal systems based on the Code Napoléon. Crimes involving moral damage can include racial abuse, slander, disorderly conduct... - but the element of abstract 'doing someone some intangible harm', is common to them, rather than being translatable in those words.

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    Re: moral damage?

    "Moral damage" crops up in a report about two Colombian men, now 29, who have just discovered they were raised by the wrong families after a mix-up at the hospital where they were born (as reported on the BBC). Their mothers are claiming moral damages, but they are not pressing charges -- they are suing.

    The difference is important: this is a civil suit, not a criminal charge. "Moral damage" appears to be a fairly broad term, like "emotional trauma". Causing moral damage may not be against the law, but if it's bad enough a court might award the victim compensation.

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    Re: moral damage?

    Hi!

    dent is another word I found.

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