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[mawr-uh-lahyz, mor-] /ˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, ˈmɒr-/
verb (used without object), moralized, moralizing.
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.
to explain in a moral sense, or draw a moral from.
to improve the morals of.
Also, especially British, moralise.
Origin of moralize
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for moralise
Historical Examples
  • 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


(intransitive) to make moral pronouncements
(transitive) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
(transitive) to improve the morals of
Derived Forms
moralization, moralisation, noun
moralizer, moraliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moralise



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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