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moralize

[mawr-uh-lahyz, mor-] /ˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, ˈmɒr-/
verb (used without object), moralized, moralizing.
1.
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.
2.
to explain in a moral sense, or draw a moral from.
3.
to improve the morals of.
Also, especially British, moralise.
Origin of moralize
1350-1400
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
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  • She was not moralizing; at least it was unlike any moralizing that they had ever heard.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Wordsworth's "Kitten and the Falling Leaves," is in the high, moralizing style.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • He was thinking and paying little attention to the Cahoon moralizing.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • For the next hour there was no opportunity for moralizing or melancholy.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • And with this profound bit of moralizing, he sipped his glass in revery.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • And so moralizing, he gave her his arm as he reentered the house.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for moralizing

moralize

/ˈmɒrəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make moral pronouncements
2.
(transitive) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
3.
(transitive) to improve the morals of
Derived Forms
moralization, moralisation, noun
moralizer, moraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for moralizing

moralize

v.

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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