mor·​al·​ism | \ ˈmȯr-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce moralism (audio) , ˈmär- \

Definition of moralism

1a : the habit or practice of moralizing
b : a conventional moral attitude or saying
2 : an often exaggerated emphasis on morality (as in politics)

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Examples of moralism in a Sentence

The candidate's campaign was doomed by an incessant moralism that came across as condescension.
Recent Examples on the Web Second, misplaced moralism can provide cover for bad policies. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is an Intuition Nightmare," 9 Sep. 2020 Fixing systemic problems is more difficult than spewing moralism, and Americans gravitated toward the latter. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is an Intuition Nightmare," 9 Sep. 2020 Elsewhere the book’s dialogue reminded me of the saccharine moralism found only in afterschool specials. Barrett Swanson, The New Republic, "What I Learned From the Worst Novelist in the English Language," 6 Aug. 2020 This should not be read, however, as a tiresome kind of kumbaya moralism. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Party of Lincoln," 14 Aug. 2020 Yet the science is far less certain than the moralism. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "The Hidden Danger of Masks," 4 Aug. 2020 But for Keynes, this attitude simply reflected smug moralism. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Lost Rebellious Spirit of Keynes," 9 June 2020 Crowninshield shepherded stars like Dorothy Parker, Aldous Huxley, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and Djuna Barnes into his pages, mingling high society concerns with the artistic avant-garde, social moralism with luxury consumerism. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Transformation of Condé Nast," 21 Oct. 2019 But so does a persistent tendency toward American nationalism and Christian moralism. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Our Two-Party System Isn’t Going Anywhere," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of moralism

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Moralism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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