Moralize Mor"al*ize (m[o^]r"al*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Moralized} (m[o^]r"al*[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Moralizing} (m[o^]r"al*[imac]*z[i^]ng).] [Cf. F. moraliser.] 1. To apply to a moral purpose; to explain in a moral sense; to draw a moral from. [1913 Webster]

This fable is moralized in a common proverb. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

Did he not moralize this spectacle? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To furnish with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to. [1913 Webster]

While chastening thoughts of sweetest use, bestowed By Wisdom, moralize his pensive road. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

3. To render moral; to correct the morals of. [1913 Webster]

It had a large share in moralizing the poor white people of the country. --D. Ramsay. [1913 Webster]

4. To give a moral quality to; to affect the moral quality of, either for better or worse. [1913 Webster]

Good and bad stars moralize not our actions. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Moralize — Mor al*ize, v. i. 1. To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral. [1913 Webster] 2. to lecture to a person in a manner asserting moral principles. Syn: sermonize, preachify, moralise. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moralize — (v.) c.1400, expound or interpret spiritual or moral significance, from O.Fr. moraliser and directly from L.L. moralizare, from moralis (see MORAL (Cf. moral) (adj.)). Related: Moralized; moralizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • moralize — (Amer.) mor·al·ize || mÉ”rÉ™laɪz / mÉ’ v. explain or define in moral terms; improve moral of; enforce principles of morality (also moralise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moralize — [v] preach admonish, edify, lecture, pass judgment, pontificate, pontify, preachify, sermonize, teach; concepts 51,75 …   New thesaurus

  • moralize — (also moralise) ► VERB 1) comment on moral issues, especially disapprovingly. 2) improve the morals of. 3) interpret as giving moral lessons. DERIVATIVES moralization noun moralizer noun …   English terms dictionary

  • moralize — [môr′əl īz΄, mär′əl īz] vi. moralized, moralizing [Fr moraliser < LL moralizare < L moralis] to think, write, or speak about matters of right and wrong, often in a self righteous or tedious way vt. 1. a) to interpret or explain in terms of… …   English World dictionary

  • moralize — v. (D; intr.) to moralize about, on, over, upon * * * [ mɒrəlaɪz] on over upon (D; intr:) to moralize about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • moralize — UK [ˈmɒrəlaɪz] / US [ˈmɔrəˌlaɪz] verb [intransitive] Word forms moralize : present tense I/you/we/they moralize he/she/it moralizes present participle moralizing past tense moralized past participle moralized showing disapproval to tell people… …   English dictionary

  • moralize — Synonyms and related words: annotate, censure, criticize, critique, discourse, explain, exposit, expound, harangue, hold forth, lecture, moralize upon, point a moral, pontificate, preach, preachify, read a lesson, review, sermonize …   Moby Thesaurus

  • moralize — [[t]mɒ̱rəlaɪz, AM mɔ͟ːr [/t]] moralizes, moralizing, moralized VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone is moralizing, you are critical of them for telling people what they think is right or wrong, especially when they have not been asked their …   English dictionary

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