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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
  • Perhaps it may be so, but this is a curious moment to moralise on the subject.

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

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
  • But we shall never get away from the Border if we stop to moralise on all its scenes of strife—most of them well forgotten.

    Bonnie Scotland A.R. Hope Moncrieff
  • Walker did not answer, and the doctor proceeded to moralise.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • So he took the oaths and went away to practice the goose step, and moralise on the oddness of things in the world.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant Alexander Johnstone Wilson
  • It is not the gods who moralise man, it is man who moralises the gods.

    Theism or Atheism Chapman Cohen
  • I leave the question to the schoolmen, because I am convinced that to moralise with the inexperienced availeth nothing.

    Henrietta Temple Benjamin Disraeli
  • But I left him to moralise in private; I had no desire, as the phrase is, to rub it in.

    Eugene Pickering Henry James
  • I have not time further to moralise; the numerous incidents of my life would otherwise swell this volume to too great an extent.

  • It is well that we do not moralise too much upon such subjects.

    Colloquies on Society Robert Southey
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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