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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a smattering of moralists around the country tried to get the songs banned from the radio
Recent Examples on the Web The kid from Riverhead is also a kind of moralist, a highly analytical truth-teller on the financial markets. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian patriot and unbending moralist who wrote War and Peace, would have despised Putin or prayed for his lost soul or both. Tarik Cyril Amar, Time, 4 Mar. 2022 The result is a bit like reading a steamy romance as retold by a Victorian moralist: The basic story is the same, but most of the enthralling details are suppressed. Adam Rowe, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 An even fiercer moralist, her work continues to drive home the message that wars are far less often fought on grounds of idealism than of cynicism and greed. Judith Mackrell, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2021 Swift was a moralist in matters of the heart, and once someone broke her trust all bets were off. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2021 But his argument sounded so sober, so tongue-in-cheek, that many of his contemporaries took it as the great moralist's true stance, and denounced him as a savage. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 29 Oct. 2021 If so, the moralist’s alignment was, if nothing else, flexible. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2021 Not that moralist and realist foreign policies are mutually exclusive. David W. Lesch, CNN, 12 June 2021 See More

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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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“Moralist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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