[ mawr-uh-list, mor- ]
/ ˈmɔr ə lɪst, ˈmɒr- /


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.

Nearby words

  1. moral theology,
  2. moral turpitude,
  3. morale,
  4. moralise,
  5. moralism,
  6. moralistic,
  7. morality,
  8. morality play,
  9. moralize,
  10. morally

Origin of moralist

First recorded in 1615–25; moral + -ist

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for moralist


/ (ˈmɒrəlɪst) /


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.

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