[mawr-uh-list, mor-] /ˈmɔr ə lɪst, ˈmɒr-/
a person who teaches or inculcates morality.
a philosopher concerned with the principles of morality.
a person who practices morality.
a person concerned with regulating the morals of others, as by imposing censorship.
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
Example Sentences for moralistic
But the book was much more than a fairy tale unshackled from moralistic imperatives and tired fantastical creatures.
The difference, however, is in the moralistic undertone usually sensed in the former.
Look at his post comparing the naturalistic vs moralistic fallacies.
It was more rooted in a moralistic view of the world and in community.
Argues that a moralistic approach to plagiarism is not likely to make the problem disappear.
As a consequence, children's books tend to be highly moralistic.
He conveys a moral message with vivid illustrations rather than moralistic rhetoric.
The truants return home in one piece, and the last few lines supply a pallid and oddly moralistic conclusion to the story.
British Dictionary definitions for moralistic
moralist (ˈmɒrəlɪst)
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

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Word Origin and History for moralistic
1865; from moralist + -ic.
"teacher of morals," 1630s, from moral + -ist.
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