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moralize

[mawr-uh-lahyz, mor-] /ˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, ˈmɒr-/
verb (used without object), moralized, moralizing.
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), moralized, moralizing.
2.
to explain in a moral sense, or draw a moral from.
3.
to improve the morals of.
Also, especially British, moralise.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English moralisen < Medieval Latin mōrālizāre. See moral, -ize
Related forms
moralization, noun
moralizer, noun
moralizingly, adverb
overmoralize, verb, overmoralized, overmoralizing.
overmoralizingly, adverb
unmoralizing, adjective
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Examples for moralizing
  • It is to demystify their hidden moralizing and their political agenda.
  • Chastising and moralizing a billion dollar worth corporation holding a hefty clout over the oil market is always a tricky point.
  • The public is scared and in despair, and has no use for moralizing comments.
  • The moralizing subject warns of the dire consequences of jealousy.
  • But the book is not a moralizing discourse of the author's beliefs or ultimate disenchantment with the movement.
  • Many people objected to the moralizing tone of the ads, others said the message was appropriate and necessary.
  • We are not moralizing about how they should live their lives.
  • Use phrases that would not be considered moralizing, condescending, or offensive.
  • It is a common experience that they bring good results and have no de moralizing tendency.
  • It was said to have raised the price of gas, and much stern moralizing followed.
British Dictionary definitions for moralizing

moralize

/ˈmɒrəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make moral pronouncements
2.
(transitive) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
3.
(transitive) to improve the morals of
Derived Forms
moralization, moralisation, noun
moralizer, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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