moralism

noun

mor·​al·​ism ˈmȯr-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce moralism (audio)
ˈmär-
1
a
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of moralism was in 1674

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“Moralism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moralism. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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