moralize

verb mor·al·ize \ ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz , ˈmär- \

Definition of moralize

moralized; moralizing
transitive verb
1 : to explain or interpret morally
2 a : to give a moral quality or direction to
b : to improve the morals of
intransitive verb
: to make moral reflections

moralization

play \ˌmȯr-ə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌmär-\ noun

moralizer

play \ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlī-zər, ˈmär-\ noun

Examples of moralize in a Sentence

  1. an essay moralizing about the evils of alcohol

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First Known Use of moralize

15th century


MORALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

moralize

verb

Definition of moralize for English Language Learners

  • : to express beliefs about what is good behavior and what is bad behavior


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