[ 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.

Origin of moralist

First recorded in 1615–25; moral + -ist

OTHER WORDS FROM moralist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for moralistic

/ (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 forms of moralist

moralistic, adjectivemoralistically, adverb
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