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

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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 Visible displays of sustainability — and the moralistic high horse that comes with them — has become yet a status symbol. Sydney Clarke,, "The Future Of Sustainable Fashion Should Look A Little Like My Family’s Basement," 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, "Novelist Stephen Graham Jones would never let a dead elk or a horror trope go to waste," 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, "Ken Burns and Lynn Novick smash mythologies in 'Hemingway'," 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, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 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, "Commentary: ‘It’s a Sin’ is a transatlantic hit. But it replicates troubling AIDS crisis tropes," 23 Feb. 2021 Swift cast her decision as both a personal vendetta against the music executive Scooter Braun and a moralistic stand against the industry’s treatment of artists. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Old Taylor Swift Never Left," 13 Feb. 2021 But social credit, and the CSCS in particular, is much more bureaucratic and technologically less advanced than fears of a moralistic panopticon suggest. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Blacklist vs. ‘redlist’: What to know about China’s new corporate social credit score," 10 Dec. 2020 Strangely, even those in Washington doing the most work to advance an alternative approach to foreign policy fall into a variation of the same moralistic trap. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "What if the U.S. isn't special?," 9 Dec. 2020

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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 10 May. 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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