[ mawr-uh-list, mor- ]
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  1. a person who teaches or inculcates morality.

  2. a philosopher concerned with the principles of morality.

  1. a person who practices morality.

  2. a person concerned with regulating the morals of others, as by imposing censorship.

Origin of moralist

First recorded in 1615–25; moral + -ist

Other words from moralist

  • mor·al·is·tic [mawr-uh-lis-tik, mor-], /ˌmɔr əˈlɪs tɪk, ˌmɒr-/, adjective
  • an·ti·mor·al·ist, noun, adjective

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

How to use moralist in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for moralist


/ (ˈmɒrəlɪst) /

  1. a person who seeks to regulate the morals of others or to imbue others with a sense of morality

  2. a person who lives in accordance with moral principles

  1. 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 forms of moralist

  • moralistic, adjective
  • moralistically, adverb

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