[mawr-uh-liz-uh m, mor-]


the habit of moralizing.
a moral maxim.
emphasis, especially undue emphasis, on morality.
the practice of morality, as distinct from religion.

Origin of moralism

First recorded in 1820–30; moral + -ism
Related formsan·ti·mor·al·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moralism

Contemporary Examples of moralism

  • The Madea films thrive on an ugly mix of minstrelsy and moralism.

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    Tyler Perry’s Madea Minstrel Show

    Rawiya Kameir

    December 13, 2013

  • There is, to be sure, something wonderful about the Jewish outsider-ness, the irony and the moralism.

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    Take Responsibility

    Yehudah Mirsky

    April 19, 2012

Historical Examples of moralism

British Dictionary definitions for moralism



the habit or practice of moralizing
a moral saying
the practice of moral principles without reference to religion
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