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[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.
  3. a person who practices morality.
  4. a person concerned with regulating the morals of others, as by imposing censorship.
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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
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Related Words for moralistic

proper, principled, righteous, noble, moralistic, deserved, lawful, wholesome, honest, honorable, virtuous, conscientious, moral, equitable, humane, decent, duplicitous, self-righteous, sanctimonious, unnatural

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British Dictionary definitions for moralistic


  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
  3. 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
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Derived Formsmoralistic, adjectivemoralistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for moralistic


1845; from moralist + -ic. Related: Moralistically.

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

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