mor·​al·​ize | \ ˈmȯr-ə-ˌlīz How to pronounce moralize (audio) , 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 How to pronounce moralization (audio) , ˌmär-​ \ noun
moralizer \ ˈmȯr-​ə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce moralizer (audio) , ˈmär-​ \ noun

Examples of moralize in a Sentence

an essay moralizing about the evils of alcohol
Recent Examples on the Web My job here is not moralizing, just to assess the numbers. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Weekly Trump Report Card: ‘Dizzying,’ with wins on border wall and deregulation," 11 Jan. 2020 There’s no such danger in the movie, which offers some of the stories’ more gruesome elements but, by framing them skillfully, moralizes their fabrications by undergirding them with (fictitious) facts. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Mild Horror of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”," 12 Aug. 2019 The more dynamic relationship is between Williams’ moralizing Serena and Blue’s Bess. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "A brilliant cast breaks through stereotypes in Seattle Opera’s ‘Porgy and Bess’," 14 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of moralize

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

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20 Jan 2020

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“Moralize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of moralize

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

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