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moralize

[ 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 .

Origin of moralize

1350–1400; Middle English moralisen<Medieval Latin mōrālizāre.See moral, -ize
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British Dictionary definitions for moralize

moralize

moralise

/ (ˈmɒrəˌlaɪz) /

verb

(intr) to make moral pronouncements
(tr) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
(tr) to improve the morals of
moralization or moralisation, nounmoralizer or moraliser, noun
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