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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 moralization
Historical Examples
  • The moralization of the Gods will follow as a matter of course.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • The entire revealing process can be looked upon as one long story of the moralization of the idea of God.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • As M. Millerand expressed it, this law was “a measure of moralization, of solidarity, and of social pacification.”

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • The moralization of the world has, as a matter of historic fact, kept pace with the secularizing of life.

    A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen
  • It is also true that the moralization of character is the more complete as the determined nature of impulses is the more evident.

  • Now it is the first business of instruction to impart such ideas and standards; but no less is this a work of moralization.

    The Teacher George Herbert Palmer
  • moralization consists in just this process—the taking upon one's self of a bundle of good life principles.

British Dictionary definitions for moralization


(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 moralization



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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