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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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  • It is easy for persons with plenty of money to moralize on the shortcomings of others.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • If I do not moralize as I go along, I shall not have a chance to do it any where else.

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
  • They were not here to moralize—they had something else to do.

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • Here we might moralize if we had the room, but moralizing is out of the question.

  • So he watched the woman gravely, and began to moralize with all his might.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • He was forever at this business; it was his nature to teach, to preach, to moralize.

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • Usually silent and absorbed, it was not his gift to moralize or declaim.

    The Last Of The Barons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Only with regret can a writer forbear to moralize on this subject.

  • We will not stop the reader to moralize on this disastrous event.

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for moralize


(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 moralize

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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