- to reflect on or express opinions about something in terms of right and wrong, especially in a self-righteous or tiresome way.
Origin of moralize
Examples from the Web for moralise
He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralise about it.White Fang
By the house at Loretto, I think you have a mind to moralise, Abellino?The Bravo of Venice
Walker did not answer, and the doctor proceeded to moralise.The Explorer
W. Somerset Maugham
To moralise this story, Virgil is the Apollo who has this dispensing power.Discourses on Satire and on Epic Poetry
It is not the gods who moralise man, it is man who moralises the gods.Theism or Atheism
- (intr) to make moral pronouncements
- (tr) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
- (tr) to improve the morals of
Word Origin and History for moralise
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.