Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

moralize

[mawr-uh-lahyz, mor-]
See more synonyms for moralize on Thesaurus.com
verb (used without object), mor·al·ized, mor·al·iz·ing.
  1. to reflect on or express opinions about something in terms of right and wrong, especially in a self-righteous or tiresome way.
Show More
verb (used with object), mor·al·ized, mor·al·iz·ing.
  1. to explain in a moral sense, or draw a moral from.
  2. to improve the morals of.
Show More
Also especially British, mor·al·ise.

Origin of moralize

1350–1400; Middle English moralisen < Medieval Latin mōrālizāre. See moral, -ize
Related formsmor·al·i·za·tion, nounmor·al·iz·er, nounmor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·mor·al·ize, verb, o·ver·mor·al·ized, o·ver·mor·al·iz·ing.o·ver·mor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverbun·mor·al·iz·ing, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for moralise

Historical Examples

  • He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralise about it.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • By the house at Loretto, I think you have a mind to moralise, Abellino?

    The Bravo of Venice

    Heinrich Zschokke

  • 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.

  • It is not the gods who moralise man, it is man who moralises the gods.

    Theism or Atheism

    Chapman Cohen


British Dictionary definitions for moralise

moralize

moralise

verb
  1. (intr) to make moral pronouncements
  2. (tr) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
  3. (tr) to improve the morals of
Show More
Derived Formsmoralization or moralisation, nounmoralizer or moraliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for moralise

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper