Characters and Our Character – The Etymology of Morality

I invite you on a word journey through the etymological origin of the word morality. To better understand morality, lets first look at the etymology of the word and see what it has to offer us. Below is an etymological reference to what certain words mean, followed by an elaboration to explain the meaning. You can read the text and notice the referenced bold words match the etymological meanings. You don’t need to read the etymology of the words, it’s only there for you to better relate the source words that I am using to weave this etymological journey. In an effort to maximize the reception of the information, I have included an audio of this post for you to listen to, if that is your preferred medium. Thank you Audio Etymology Morality “moral qualities ,” “moral instruction; morals, manner, character ,” directly from Latin moralis “ proper behavior of a person in society,” literally “pertaining to manners ,” coined by Cicero (“De Fato,” II.i) to translate Greek ethikos. Latin mos (genitive moris) “one’s disposition ,” Disposition “ arrangement, order ; mood, state of mind,” “arrange, order, control, regulate ” from dis- “ apart ” (see dis-) + ponere […]

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