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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 from the web for moralize
  • We do not wish to moralize, only to ease our dusty throats.
  • It's corrupting to write with the intent to moralize, to elevate people's moral standards.
  • Don't moralize or tell employees you are disappointed with them for filing a charge.
British Dictionary definitions for moralize

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 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.

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