moralize

[mawr-uh-lahyz, mor-]
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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.
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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Related Words for moralizing

didactic, pedantic, sententious, trite

Examples from the Web for moralizing

Contemporary Examples of moralizing

Historical Examples of moralizing

  • She was not moralizing; at least it was unlike any moralizing that they had ever heard.

  • Wordsworth's "Kitten and the Falling Leaves," is in the high, moralizing style.

    Concerning Cats

    Helen M. Winslow

  • He was thinking and paying little attention to the Cahoon moralizing.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • For the next hour there was no opportunity for moralizing or melancholy.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • And with this profound bit of moralizing, he sipped his glass in revery.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for moralizing

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
Derived Formsmoralization or moralisation, nounmoralizer or moraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for moralizing

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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