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

Other Words from moralistic

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 This is not an especially happy story, but it’s also not a moralistic, cautionary tale. The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 By launching a moralistic crusade against the isolationist senator, the Post could not only discredit one of the president’s most nettlesome critics. James Kirchick, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 The Plain women writers of today are not content to churn out the same old evangelizing, moralistic stories. Kelsey Osgood, The Atlantic, 28 June 2022 But McCraney is a poet, not a moralistic ideologue or a political propagandist happy to play to the choir. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 26 June 2022 The show’s tricky tonal blend—violent, but not nihilistic; moral, but not moralistic—was hard to nail. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 In the United States, its popularity spawned a variety of adaptations, some more moralistic, some more sentimental, and so on. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Getting trade wrong while stepping up the moralistic lectures is a surefire strategy for Indo-Pacific failure. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Instead, in their moralistic zeal, Utah lawmakers imposed a black-and-white solution that ignores the nuance, punishes women and jeopardizes their health and well-being. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2022 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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