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 moralistic (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
Recent Examples on the Web At the end of the episode, it is revealed that Sheldon’s therapist is a supervillain Dr. Jack Hobbs, who’s serving a life sentence in jail, which is incredibly cool for a show that can get kind of dorky and moralistic. Leah Marilla Thomas,, 10 May 2021 Kojima offers a kind of religious, moralistic view, saying that, by allowing the beatings to happen, their physical suffering has worth. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Specifically, someone who’s emulating Jigsaw, the moralistic mass murderer from the Saw movies. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2021 Visible displays of sustainability — and the moralistic high horse that comes with them — has become yet a status symbol. Sydney Clarke,, 22 Apr. 2021 The slasher subgenre has conservative moralistic underpinnings — its medium is violent punishment after all, and many of its victims have been promiscuous women. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021 There’s simplistic storytelling, there’s moralistic storytelling, there’s storytelling where anybody with a white hat is good and anybody with a black hat is bad. NBC News, 4 Apr. 2021 William, a lumbering man in his 50s, tries to outrun an unseen evil with 6-year-old girl Brooklyn, who tells him four different moralistic and horrific stories to keep her mind off the impending danger. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 In the final episode, Ritchie’s moralistic logic of blame isn’t refuted but turned toward a new target. Brian Mullin, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of moralistic

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2021

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“Moralistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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