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moralize

[mawr-uh-lahyz, mor-]
verb (used without object), mor·al·ized, mor·al·iz·ing.
  1. to reflect on or express opinions about something in terms of right and wrong, especially in a self-righteous or tiresome way.
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verb (used with object), mor·al·ized, mor·al·iz·ing.
  1. to explain in a moral sense, or draw a moral from.
  2. to improve the morals of.
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Also especially British, mor·al·ise.

Origin of moralize

1350–1400; Middle English moralisen < Medieval Latin mōrālizāre. See moral, -ize
Related formsmor·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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Examples from the Web for moralization

Historical Examples of moralization

  • The moralization of the Gods will follow as a matter of course.

    The Necessity of Atheism

    Dr. D.M. Brooks

  • The entire revealing process can be looked upon as one long story of the moralization of the idea of God.

  • As M. Millerand expressed it, this law was “a measure of moralization, of solidarity, and of social pacification.”

  • The moralization of the world has, as a matter of historic fact, kept pace with the secularizing of life.

  • It is also true that the moralization of character is the more complete as the determined nature of impulses is the more evident.


British Dictionary definitions for moralization

moralize

moralise

verb
  1. (intr) to make moral pronouncements
  2. (tr) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
  3. (tr) to improve the morals of
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Derived Formsmoralization or moralisation, nounmoralizer or moraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for moralization

moralize

v.

c.1400, "expound or interpret spiritual or moral significance," from Old French moraliser and directly from Late Latin moralizare, from moralis (see moral (adj.)). Related: Moralized; moralizing.

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