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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 The ablest moralist is thus almost inevitably a kind of intellectual. Yuval Levin, National Review, "The Historian as Moralist," 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, "Five Best: Joseph S. Nye Jr. on Presidential Morality and Foreign Policy," 24 Jan. 2020 And an effective moralist would do this in an engaging and compelling way. Yuval Levin, National Review, "The Historian as Moralist," 31 Dec. 2019 Of course, the moralists of old who were trying to save the family unit from the destruction caused by pornography and homosexuality were completely different. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Denver’s bag tax is a flawed attempt to control your behavior," 27 Dec. 2019 Hartman pushes past the social workers, psychologists and scandalized moralists standing in our way to reveal the women for the first time, individual and daring. New York Times, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 The trade of Drake is hardly some line in the sand for football purists or anti-tanking moralists. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Shipping out Kenyan Drake gives Dolphins one less chance to win | Commentary," 28 Oct. 2019 Jon Snow, the show’s closest thing to a protagonist, strikes me as Tony Soprano’s opposite, an earnest moralist, existentially unbothered. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 The moralist’s dilemma American politics is dominated by people who think about politics professionally, and thus do not think about the world in a particularly normal way. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The controversy over Bernie Sanders’s low-paid field staffers, explained," 20 July 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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“Moralist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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