moralism

noun
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)

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 But the moralism is not entirely convincing; Lockwood is ultimately a zealot, looking more toward an all-internet future than a half-off half-online past. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 But the moralism is not entirely convincing; Lockwood is ultimately a zealot, looking more toward an all-internet future than a half-off half-online past. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 Surrealism was a free-flowing network of exchanges, translations, idealizations and misunderstandings — and on this matter, all too rarely in this age of smug cultural moralism, the curators actually treat us like adults. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Since the turn of the millennium, the prosecution of white-collar crime has plummeted—but this should not imply a surge in moralism among our leading capitalists. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 But the moralism is not entirely convincing; Lockwood is ultimately a zealot, looking more toward an all-internet future than a half-off half-online past. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 Within those two structures, though, the scope for storytelling is vast, and so is the scope for moralism, historical argument, and philosophical reflection. Benjamin Wallace-well, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 But the moralism is not entirely convincing; Lockwood is ultimately a zealot, looking more toward an all-internet future than a half-off half-online past. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 But the moralism is not entirely convincing; Lockwood is ultimately a zealot, looking more toward an all-internet future than a half-off half-online past. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, 30 June 2021

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First Known Use of moralism

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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13 Nov 2021

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“Moralism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moralism. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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