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moralize

[mawr-uh-lahyz, mor-] /ˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, ˈmɒr-/
verb (used without object), moralized, moralizing.
1.
to reflect on or express opinions about something in terms of right and wrong, especially in a self-righteous or tiresome way.
verb (used with object), moralized, moralizing.
2.
to explain in a moral sense, or draw a moral from.
3.
to improve the morals of.
Also, especially British, moralise.
Origin of moralize
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English moralisen < Medieval Latin mōrālizāre. See moral, -ize
Related forms
moralization, noun
moralizer, noun
moralizingly, adverb
overmoralize, verb, overmoralized, overmoralizing.
overmoralizingly, adverb
unmoralizing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for moralise
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  • He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralise about it.

    White Fang Jack London
  • By the house at Loretto, I think you have a mind to moralise, Abellino?

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
  • Walker did not answer, and the doctor proceeded to moralise.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • To moralise this story, Virgil is the Apollo who has this dispensing power.

  • It is not the gods who moralise man, it is man who moralises the gods.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • Thus saying she disappeared, leaving the Kingfisher to moralise upon her speech.

    Little Folks Various
  • But I left him to moralise in private; I had no desire, as the phrase is, to rub it in.

    Eugene Pickering Henry James
  • It is well that we do not moralise too much upon such subjects.

    Colloquies on Society Robert Southey
  • Let me do the same by suppressing here that evil tendency to moralise.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • There was no more time to moralise, for I was fighting for my life.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for moralise

moralize

/ˈmɒrəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make moral pronouncements
2.
(transitive) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
3.
(transitive) to improve the morals of
Derived Forms
moralization, moralisation, noun
moralizer, moraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for moralise

moralize

v.

c.1400, "expound or interpret spiritual or moral significance," from Old French moraliser and directly from Late Latin moralizare, from moralis (see moral (adj.)). Related: Moralized; moralizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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