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

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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 As her moralistic and pure counterpart, Knightley seems entirely unamused by Emma’s machinations but develops a fondness for her just as two exciting prospects enter town. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'Emma.' — A period piece for the 'Clueless' generation with Anya Taylor-Joy," 26 Feb. 2020 The press has become more moralistic than in previous decades, and social media is a jittery engine for outrage. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "A Kobe Bryant Joke Goes Wrong, Revealing Comedy’s Troll Side," 5 Feb. 2020 By becoming shrill, dogmatic, and moralistic practitioners of a politically correct religion of humanity, the Church follows the path of perdition. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd," 6 Feb. 2020 George , father of the Cold War containment doctrine, warned in 1951 against Wilson’s moralistic approach. Joseph S. Nye Jr., WSJ, "Five Best: Joseph S. Nye Jr. on Presidential Morality and Foreign Policy," 24 Jan. 2020 And maybe the Republicans of the general public won’t be flooding the comment boards with moralistic and economic arguments against this proposal. Melissa Howell, Quartz, "How Trump has made food stamps a Republican cause," 18 Sep. 2019 Frank wasn’t interested in pat or moralistic stories. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Wanting to See Like Robert Frank," 10 Sep. 2019 Then there’s Segev’s dishiest surprise: Ben-Gurion, often moralistic and not particularly known as a romantic, strayed from his wife, Paula, with at least four mistresses. Diane Cole, Washington Post, "In Israel’s founder, many contradictions but a single-minded determination," 6 Sep. 2019 People don’t realize that because his public pronouncements sounded very moralistic. Los Angeles Times, "Look out Notre Dame, the Falwells have big plans for Liberty football," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of moralistic

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Moralistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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

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