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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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 But Roth was too moralistic, too observant at the high altar of modernism, too prissy to get into the funk and gunk of true swingdom. James Wolcott, Vanities, "The Joy of Reading Philip Roth, Riffer, Rhetorical Flamethrower, Super-Monologuist," 24 May 2018 Online gambling markets pegged the chances of the Supreme Court axing PASPA at greater than 80 percent, a sentence that says as much about the erosion of his country's moralistic contempt for betting as anything else. Jay Willis, GQ, "The Brave New World of Legalized Sports Betting, Explained," 14 May 2018 With regard to the American 21st century, Gaddis’s favorite novelists and philosophers perhaps argue against both optional intercessions abroad and moralistic lead-from-behind recessionals. Victor Davis Hanson, New York Times, "When to Wage War, and How to Win: A Guide," 20 Apr. 2018 The low-budget 1983 comedy Joysticks was a (bad) movie about teens fighting to save their arcade from a moralistic businessman who claimed the joint was a threat to their mental health. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / History / Pinball Week Chicago once waged a 40-year war on pinball," 5 May 2018 The world of this play is elitist, chauvinist, petty, entitled, white, male-dominated and misshapenly moralistic. Christopher Arnott,, "Hartford Stage's Lush, Elegant 'Age Of Innocence' Adapted To Be Freshly Relevant," 16 Apr. 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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