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[mawr-uh-list, mor-] /ˈmɔr ə lɪst, ˈmɒr-/
a person who teaches or inculcates morality.
a philosopher concerned with the principles of morality.
a person who practices morality.
a person concerned with regulating the morals of others, as by imposing censorship.
Origin of moralist
First recorded in 1615-25; moral + -ist
Related forms
moralistic, adjective
moralistically, adverb
antimoralist, noun, adjective
antimoralistic, adjective
overmoralistic, adjective
pseudomoralistic, adjective
quasi-moralistic, adjective
quasi-moralistically, adverb
semimoralistic, adjective
unmoralistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for moralist
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  • Much may be truly said by the moralist on the comparative harm of open and concealed vice.

    Laws Plato
  • Since when have you taken up the trade of moralist, Master Morlache?

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • What 's that the moralist says about calling no man happy till he dies?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • If George Eliot had not been a moralist she would not have been so popular in England.

    Personality in Literature Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  • But it was Gerald, who is no moralist, but a youth of sound common-sense, who closed the argument.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • I am not satisfied when some moralist says, “Be good and you will be happy.”

    The Untroubled Mind Herbert J. Hall
British Dictionary definitions for moralist


a person who seeks to regulate the morals of others or to imbue others with a sense of morality
a person who lives in accordance with moral principles
a philosopher who is concerned with casuistic discussions of right action, or who seeks a general characterization of right action, often contrasted with a moral philosopher whose concern is with general philosophical questions about ethics
Derived Forms
moralistic, adjective
moralistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for moralist

"moral person," 1620s; "teacher of morals," 1630s, from moral (adj.) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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