moralize

[mawr-uh-lahyz, mor-]
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; Middle English moralisen < Medieval Latin mōrālizāre. See moral, -ize

moralization, noun
moralizer, noun
moralizingly, adverb
overmoralize, verb, overmoralized, overmoralizing.
overmoralizingly, adverb
unmoralizing, adjective
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moralize or moralise (ˈmɒrəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to make moral pronouncements
2.  (tr) to interpret or explain in a moral sense
3.  (tr) to improve the morals of
 
moralise or moralise
 
vb
 
morali'zation or moralise
 
n
 
morali'sation or moralise
 
n
 
'moralizer or moralise
 
n
 
'moraliser or moralise
 
n

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moralize
mid-15c., from Fr. moraliser, from L.L. moralizare, from moralis (see moral). Related: Moralizing.
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Example sentences
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.
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