- to reflect on or express opinions about something in terms of right and wrong, especially in a self-righteous or tiresome way.
Origin of moralize
Examples from the Web for moralizer
"And with too good reason, sir," said Linton, assuming the look and air of a moralizer.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Still, he could not explain this to Charnock; he was not a moralizer or clever at argument.The Girl From Keller's
The moralizer was touched by a grenadier with the butt end of his musket, so that the "spirit fell into the ditch."Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745.
The old man looks eastward, and (for he is a moralizer) frames a simile of the stage coach and the sun.The Toll Gatherer's Day (From "Twice Told Tales")
Brooke laughed softly, as he watched the water run down the moralizer's nose.A Damaged Reputation
- (intr) to make moral pronouncements
- (tr) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
- (tr) to improve the morals of
Word Origin and History for moralizer
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.