[ mawr-uh-liz-uhm, mor- ]
See synonyms for moralism on
  1. the habit of moralizing.

  2. a moral maxim.

  1. emphasis, especially undue emphasis, on morality.

  2. the practice of morality, as distinct from religion.

Origin of moralism

First recorded in 1820–30; moral + -ism

Other words from moralism

  • an·ti·mor·al·ism, noun

Words Nearby moralism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use moralism in a sentence

  • moralism is usually identified as belief in good behavior as a source of life.

    Herein is Love | Reuel L. Howe
  • If they are mystical quietists, they regard mere moralism as the struggling of a soul that is not saved.

  • Pluralistic moralism simply makes their teeth chatter, it refrigerates the very heart within their breast.

    Pragmatism | William James

British Dictionary definitions for moralism


/ (ˈmɒrəˌlɪzəm) /

  1. the habit or practice of moralizing

  2. a moral saying

  1. the practice of moral principles without reference to religion

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