mor·​al·​ist | \ ˈmȯr-ə-list How to pronounce moralist (audio) , ˈmär- \

Definition of moralist

1 : one who leads a moral life
2 : a philosopher or writer concerned with moral principles and problems
3 : one concerned with regulating the morals of others

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Examples of moralist in a Sentence

a smattering of moralists around the country tried to get the songs banned from the radio
Recent Examples on the Web Not that moralist and realist foreign policies are mutually exclusive. David W. Lesch, CNN, 12 June 2021 The moralist in us wants to judge good or bad, and Shakespeare had this ability to withhold that judgment for as long as possible, to understand the complexity. David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2021 No, the toughest Stoppard is the moralist, who, from first to last, is vexed by the spectacle of freedom under threat. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 As is inevitable with truly great satire, the satirist had become a moralist. M. D. Aeschliman, National Review, 11 Oct. 2020 Preserve only, in a thousand or so verses, the bare details and pure utterance of a dead-on moralist. James Parker, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2020 The ablest moralist is thus almost inevitably a kind of intellectual. Yuval Levin, National Review, 31 Dec. 2019 Challenging the notion that Wilson was no more than a utopian moralist, Tony Smith argues that Wilson’s prescriptions for easing international conflict have stood the test of time. Joseph S. Nye Jr., WSJ, 24 Jan. 2020 And an effective moralist would do this in an engaging and compelling way. Yuval Levin, National Review, 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of moralist

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of moralist was circa 1586

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23 Jun 2021

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“Moralist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of moralist

usually disapproving : a person who has strong feelings and opinions about what is right and who tries to control the moral behavior of other people

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