mor·​al·​is·​tic | \ ˌmȯr-ə-ˈli-stik How to pronounce moralistic (audio) , ˌmär-\

Definition of moralistic

1 : characterized by or expressive of a concern with morality
2 : characterized by or expressive of a narrow moral attitude

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moralistically \ ˌmȯr-​ə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce moralistically (audio) , ˌmär-​ \ adverb

Examples of moralistic in a Sentence

While a moralistic speech won't convince kids not to try drugs, a story about people affected by drugs might. parental opinion was divided on the school's moralistic curriculum

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Senator Sanders, for example, desires to radically increase the tax on inheritances for moralistic reasons. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Are the Socialist Party Again," 20 June 2019 One needn’t be blindly moralistic about all of this. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Why Won’t American Politicians Talk about Chinese Authoritarianism?," 26 June 2019 Too many of his stories are paternalistic, moralistic paeans to white heteronormativity. Anne Cohen,, "Did Nicholas Sparks Kill The Notebook? Or, Was It Always Doomed?," 25 June 2019 That explosive evangelical growth has transformed the country’s politics, favoring an increasingly moralistic and fervent right wing. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Can Married Priests Help Save the Amazon?," 25 June 2019 The film is sappy, moralistic and likely hagiographic. Dana Walters, The Conversation, "When America had an open prison – the story of Kenyon Scudder and his ‘prison without walls’," 14 June 2019 On Twitter, Megan McArdle suggested to me that the fix for the family structure problem is for Hollywood to become moralistic and scoldy about unmarried parents and to valorize bourgeois conventionality. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Family structure matters, but can we do anything about it?," 5 Oct. 2018 The deeply moralistic accusation: Drake was a deadbeat. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 The Goleta killings of Offerman and Manning and Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez targeted unmarried couples, steering investigators toward the belief the killer was driven by a moralistic ethos. Benjamin Oreskes,, "Why did it take so long to arrest the Golden State Killer suspect? Interagency rivalries, old technology, errors and bad luck," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of moralistic

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of moralistic

disapproving : having or showing strong opinions about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior

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