- mor·al·is·tic [mawr-uh-lis-tik, mor-], /ˌmɔr əˈlɪs tɪk, ˌmɒr-/, adjective
- an·ti·mor·al·ist, noun, adjective
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How to use moralist in a sentence
Nixon-the-pragmatist appointed drug rehabilitation experts, not anti-drug moralists, to lead his fight.The War on Drugs turns 50 today. It’s time to make peace. | David Farber | June 17, 2021 | Washington Post
Between a secular moralist and an ideologue, there is a softer, more human middle that Soyinka occupies.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life | Chimamanda Adichie | August 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It took the September 11 attacks for someone—Bush was always a closet moralist—to step forward.U.N. Ambassador Designate Samantha Power’s Greatest Journalistic Hits | Caitlin Dickson | June 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
On Monday, Crist tried to play the moralist, saying, “When people lie and steal, there is a price to pay.”
Just as in their politics, when it comes to process, Romney versus Santorum is a fight between the technocrat and the moralist.
Those who live by junk journalism, the moralist in me proclaims, shall die by junk journalism.
The critical moralist pauses before the formidable array of the entire social world, civilized and savage.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
He was not a dialectician, but a moralist, and as such takes the highest ground of all the old inquirers after truth.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
Surely the most strict moralist would confess, that I was released from my engagements!Papers from Overlook-House | Casper Almore
But he was always essentially a moralist, whose business 255 was to find a practical, popular, effective rule of conduct.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
Here the unfortunate Savage has held his intellectual "noctes" and enlivened the old moralist with his mad philosophy.
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
- moralistic, adjective
- moralistically, adverb
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