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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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  • It is tragic that some would-be Christians, like Mrs. Strait, become so moralistic that they condemn rather than help people.

    Herein is Love Reuel L. Howe
  • It is too melodramatic, too moralistic perhaps to suit our modern taste.

  • They would call it moralistic, and would apply the word religious to the monistic scheme alone.

    Pragmatism William James
  • Are you inclined to be moralistic, dogmatic, critical, or judgmental?

  • It is, however, inconsistent with the moralistic teachings unfolded above, and could only be united with them at a few points.

British Dictionary definitions for moralistic


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 moralistic

1845; from moralist + -ic. Related: Moralistically.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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