[mawr-uh-list, mor-]


a person who teaches or inculcates morality.
a philosopher concerned with the principles of morality.
a person who practices morality.
a person concerned with regulating the morals of others, as by imposing censorship.

Origin of moralist

First recorded in 1615–25; moral + -ist
Related formsmor·al·is·tic, adjectivemor·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·mor·al·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti·mor·al·is·tic, adjectiveo·ver·mor·al·is·tic, adjectivepseu·do·mor·al·is·tic, adjectivequa·si-mor·al·is·tic, adjectivequa·si-mor·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·mor·al·is·tic, adjectiveun·mor·al·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of moralist

Historical Examples of moralist

  • Much may be truly said by the moralist on the comparative harm of open and concealed vice.



  • Since when have you taken up the trade of moralist, Master Morlache?

  • What 's that the moralist says about calling no man happy till he dies?

  • If George Eliot had not been a moralist she would not have been so popular in England.

    Personality in Literature

    Rolfe Arnold Scott-James

  • But it was Gerald, who is no moralist, but a youth of sound common-sense, who closed the argument.

British Dictionary definitions for moralist



a person who seeks to regulate the morals of others or to imbue others with a sense of morality
a person who lives in accordance with moral principles
a philosopher who is concerned with casuistic discussions of right action, or who seeks a general characterization of right action, often contrasted with a moral philosopher whose concern is with general philosophical questions about ethics
Derived Formsmoralistic, adjectivemoralistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for moralist

"moral person," 1620s; "teacher of morals," 1630s, from moral (adj.) + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper