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academic freedom in educational institutions, the freedom of a teacher to teach, of a student to learn, and of both to discuss and hold opinions, esp. about social, political, and moral issues, without arbitrary interference or reprisals by school or public officials, organized groups, or the like.
allegory a device in art or literature by which abstract moral or spiritual qualities are represented by concrete characters, things, and events. [1/2 definitions]
amoral not subject to moral distinctions; neither moral nor immoral. [2 definitions]
anti-hero a central character in a story, novel, or play who lacks traditional heroic qualities, such as high purpose or moral strength.
apologue a short allegorical story usu. containing a moral; fable.
backslide to revert to moral wrongdoing or sin.
base2 having or showing selfishness or low moral standards. [1/2 definitions]
benighted in intellectual or moral darkness; ignorant; unenlightened. [1/2 definitions]
bestiary a medieval collection of descriptions of or fables about real or mythical animals, in which each animal's nature is used to draw a moral point.
better having moral superiority or greater virtue. [1/14 definitions]
bildungsroman a novel that concerns itself primarily with the psychological and moral development of the main character, usually from youth into adulthood.
blot a moral fault or disgrace. [1/8 definitions]
Catholicism the theological and moral doctrines, the faith, and the ecclesiastical practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
censor an official who examines written works, films, plays, and the like in order to delete parts that are considered objectionable on political, moral, or other grounds. [1/6 definitions]
character strong moral and ethical qualities; integrity. [1/7 definitions]
chasten to awaken conscience or bring about moral improvement through suffering, discipline, or punishment. [1/3 definitions]
cheap not conforming to high moral standards; sleazy. [1/8 definitions]
clean free from sin; moral; pure. [1/12 definitions]
CO3 abbreviation of "conscientious objector," a person who refuses, for moral or religious reasons, to participate in military service or to engage in warfare.
conquer to master or overcome by moral or mental strength. [1/4 definitions]
conscience moral integrity. [1/2 definitions]