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: one who leads a moral life
: a philosopher or writer concerned with moral principles and problems
: one concerned with regulating the morals of others
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bluenose, Mrs. Grundy, nice nelly, prude, puritan, wowser [chiefly Australian]
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circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 2
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: 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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