[ 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
President Roosevelt has assailed the preachers of class consciousness with all the energy of a confirmed moralizer.Socialism|John Spargo
I am no moralizer; but the gay and rapid river and the dark and silent lake were, of a verity, no bad emblems of us two.Lavengro|George Borrow
If the moralizer knew just when to stop moralizing, how much longer the flavor of his philosophy would endure.Rosemary and Rue|Amber
But Grief, not Joy, is a moralizer; and small moralizing wisdom caught Pierre from that scene.Pierre; or The Ambiguities|Herman Melville
After it, he was a dizzy moralizer, waiting for the winds to blow him to his deed-ox out.The Tragic Comedians, Complete|George Meredith
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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