mor·​al·​ize | \ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz, ˈmär-\
moralized; moralizing

Definition of moralize 

transitive verb

1 : to explain or interpret morally

2a : to give a moral quality or direction to

b : to improve the morals of

intransitive verb

: to make moral reflections

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Other Words from moralize

moralization \ˌmȯr-​ə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, ˌmär-​ \ noun
moralizer \ˈmȯr-​ə-​ˌlī-​zər, ˈmär-​ \ noun

Examples of moralize in a Sentence

an essay moralizing about the evils of alcohol

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Endless ink has been spilled moralizing the withdrawal into these digital cocoons. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 Rather than moralizing over Onira Tech’s invention, Reverie’s pilot simply uses it as a framing device, like a wormhole that takes Kint to new mindscapes instead of alien planets. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "NBC’s new VR thriller Reverie is a schmaltzy take on techno-dystopia," 30 May 2018 This suggests to me that our society has, in a way, moralized infant feeding choices, rather than normalizing breastfeeding. Reyhan Harmanci, The Cut, "What No One Tells You About Not Being Able to Breastfeed," 23 May 2018 Their action has implications beyond Columbia’s campus, and indeed beyond any campus in the U.S. Higher education occupies a starring role in this country’s moralizing to the poor. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Columbia’s War On Labor," 1 May 2018 Yet fatness was also moralized, associated with the sin of gluttony. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "When plump was a pleasing word," 12 Apr. 2018 Tina Fey’s beloved teen comedy, an adaptation of Rosalind Wiseman's Queen Bees and Wannabes, became a cult classic when it was released in 2004 and hilariously yet subtly moralized the dangers of women not supporting one another. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "'Mean Girls' musical's Cady Heron explains how Me Too helped shape the show's message," 6 Apr. 2018 After offering example after example showing the harmful effects of smartphones on young people, Ms. Twenge is still careful not to moralize. Christine Rosen, WSJ, "An Aversion to Adulting," 23 Aug. 2017 Merriman doesn’t have much interest in moralizing about their violence Malcolm Harris, New Republic, "The Crime Wave that Gave Anarchists a Bad Name," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of moralize

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of moralize

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

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