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[mawr-uh-lahyz, mor-] /ˈmɔr əˌlaɪz, ˈmɒr-/
verb (used without object), moralized, moralizing.
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.
to explain in a moral sense, or draw a moral from.
to improve the morals of.
Origin of moralize
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


(intransitive) to make moral pronouncements
(transitive) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
(transitive) to improve the morals of
Derived Forms
moralization, moralisation, noun
moralizer, moraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for moralizing



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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