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moralist

[mawr-uh-list, mor-] /ˈmɔr ə lɪst, ˈmɒr-/
noun
1.
a person who teaches or inculcates morality.
2.
a philosopher concerned with the principles of morality.
3.
a person who practices morality.
4.
a person concerned with regulating the morals of others, as by imposing censorship.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; moral + -ist
Related forms
moralistic, adjective
moralistically, adverb
antimoralist, noun, adjective
antimoralistic, adjective
overmoralistic, adjective
pseudomoralistic, adjective
quasi-moralistic, adjective
quasi-moralistically, adverb
semimoralistic, adjective
unmoralistic, adjective
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  • He was a moralist who did not parade his moral, but who used it as the sustaining skeleton of his narrative.
  • The moralist will, of course, perceive that the forced reduction of their outward actions to uniformity does.
British Dictionary definitions for moralist

moralist

/ˈmɒrəlɪst/
noun
1.
a person who seeks to regulate the morals of others or to imbue others with a sense of morality
2.
a person who lives in accordance with moral principles
3.
a philosopher who is concerned with casuistic discussions of right action, or who seeks a general characterization of right action, often contrasted with a moral philosopher whose concern is with general philosophical questions about ethics
Derived Forms
moralistic, adjective
moralistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for moralist
n.

"moral person," 1620s; "teacher of morals," 1630s, from moral (adj.) + -ist.

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