[mawr-uh-list, mor-]


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

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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 moralistic

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



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

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