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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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  • 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/
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 moralistic
adj.

1845; from moralist + -ic. Related: Moralistically.

moralist

n.

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

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