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    to 'violate' morality?

    Hello,

    Would it be correct to use violate 'morality'?

    (I thin I have heard "violate ethical codes", but I'm not sure if there is any verb meaning "to break morality".)

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    Re: to 'violate' morality?

    No, it wouldn't be correct.

    What's the thought/sentence you have in mind?

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    Re: to 'violate' morality?

    Violate morality is perfectly intelligible but not very natural. I'd prefer violates moral codes.

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    Re: to 'violate' morality?

    I just meant to use ut in a context related to zoos. ��

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    Re: to 'violate' morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    I just meant to use ut it in a context related to zoos. 🙏
    As requested in post #2, please provide the sentence in which you wanted to use it. Just giving context doesn't really tell us whether something is possible or not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: to 'violate' morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    I just meant to use it in a context related to zoos. ��
    That's fine. Go ahead and use it, as Jut suggested. Give us a complete sentence so we can comment.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: to 'violate' morality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    That's fine. Go ahead and use it, as Jut suggested.
    To be clear, I would definitely not suggest using morality as the object of the verb violate under any circumstances.

    You can violate rules, codes, laws, terms, and rights, but not morality.

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    Re: to 'violate' morality?

    Breach is sometimes used with morality, but I would still use moral codes.

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    Re: to 'violate' morality?

    How about "to forget your principles"? Or "abandon your principles"?

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    Re: to 'violate' morality?

    They work, but are less specific.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Mar-2021 at 10:43.

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