[ mawr-uh-lahyz, mor- ]
See synonyms for: moralizemoralizing on

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.

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.

Origin of moralize

1350–1400; Middle English moralisen<Medieval Latin mōrālizāre.See moral, -ize
  • Also especially British, mor·al·ise .

Other words from moralize

  • mor·al·i·za·tion, noun
  • mor·al·iz·er, noun
  • mor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·mor·al·ize, verb, o·ver·mor·al·ized, o·ver·mor·al·iz·ing.
  • o·ver·mor·al·iz·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·mor·al·iz·ing, adjective

Words Nearby moralize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use moralize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for moralize



/ (ˈmɒrəˌlaɪz) /

  1. (intr) to make moral pronouncements

  2. (tr) to interpret or explain in a moral sense

  1. (tr) to improve the morals of

Derived forms of moralize

  • moralization or moralisation, noun
  • moralizer or moraliser, noun

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