[ mawr-uh-lahyz, mor- ]
/ ˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, ˈmɒr- /
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verb (used without object), mor·al·ized, mor·al·iz·ing.
to reflect on or express opinions about something in terms of right and wrong, especially in a self-righteous or tiresome way.
verb (used with object), mor·al·ized, mor·al·iz·ing.
to explain in a moral sense, or draw a moral from.
to improve the morals of.
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Also especially British, mor·al·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM moralize
mor·al·i·za·tion, nounmor·al·iz·er, nounmor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·mor·al·ize, verb, o·ver·mor·al·ized, o·ver·mor·al·iz·ing.
o·ver·mor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverbun·mor·al·iz·ing, adjective
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How to use moralize in a sentence
The moralization of the Gods will follow as a matter of course.The Necessity of Atheism|Dr. D.M. Brooks
It is a fanciful moralization of the game, abounding with quaint old legends and stories.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Isaac D'Israeli
It is also true that the moralization of character is the more complete as the determined nature of impulses is the more evident.Determinism or Free-Will?|Chapman Cohen
Now it is the first business of instruction to impart such ideas and standards; but no less is this a work of moralization.The Teacher|George Herbert Palmer
Moralization consists in just this process—the taking upon one's self of a bundle of good life principles.Rural Life and the Rural School|Joseph Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for moralize
/ (ˈmɒrəˌlaɪz) /
(intr) to make moral pronouncements
(tr) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
(tr) to improve the morals of
Derived forms of moralizemoralization or moralisation, nounmoralizer or moraliser, noun
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