- to reflect on or express opinions about something in terms of right and wrong, especially in a self-righteous or tiresome way.
Origin of moralize
Examples from the Web for moralising
Thus Shakib, who has caught the moralising evil from his Master.The Book of Khalid
But I will not—here at least—plunge into a moralising strain.The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)
Charles C. F. Greville
Charlie was not given to moralising, but somehow he could not help it that day.The Settler and the Savage
Mr Ravenshaw was left alone, moralising on the depravity of human nature.The Red Man's Revenge
So with Godolphin: he was too refined in his moralising to cling to what was moral.Godolphin, Complete
- (intr) to make moral pronouncements
- (tr) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
- (tr) to improve the morals of
Word Origin and History for moralising
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.