moralistic
adjective Date: 1865 1. characterized by or expressive of a concern with morality 2. characterized by or expressive of a narrow moral attitude • moralistically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • moralistic — adj. 1. narrowly and conventionally moral; of people. [WordNet 1.5] 2. disposed to moralize[2]; of people. Syn: moralizing. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moralistic — [môr΄əl is′tik, mär΄əl is′tik] adj. 1. moralizing 2. of moralism or moralists moralistically adv. * * * mor·al·is·tic (môr ə lĭsʹtĭk, mŏr ) adj. 1. Characterized by or displaying a concern with morality. 2. Marked by a narrow minded morality.  … …   Universalium

  • moralistic — (adj.) 1845; from MORALIST (Cf. moralist) + IC (Cf. ic). Related: Moralistically …   Etymology dictionary

  • moralistic — [môr΄əl is′tik, mär΄əl is′tik] adj. 1. moralizing 2. of moralism or moralists moralistically adv …   English World dictionary

  • moralistic — [[t]mɒ̱rəlɪ̱stɪk, AM mɔ͟ːr [/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone or something as moralistic, you are critical of them for making harsh judgements of other people on the basis of their own ideas about what is right and wrong. He… …   English dictionary

  • moralistic — adjective Characteristic of or relating to a narrow minded concern of the morals of others; self righteous She was glad to escape her judgmental and moralistic parents. See Also: morals, morality, moralist …   Wiktionary

  • moralistic — mor|al|ist|ic [ˌmɔrəˈlıstık US ˌmo: ] adj with very strong beliefs about what is right and wrong, especially when this makes you judge other people s behaviour ▪ It s difficult to talk to teenagers about drugs without sounding too moralistic …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • moralistic — mor|al|is|tic [ ,mɔrə lıstık ] adjective expressing strong ideas about what is right or wrong and trying to make other people behave according to them: moralistic notions of sin and redemption …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • moralistic — adjective having very strong unchanging beliefs about what is right and wrong, especially when this makes you judge other people s behaviour: It s difficult to talk to teenagers about drugs without sounding too moralistic. moralistically / kli/… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • moralistic — UK [ˌmɒrəˈlɪstɪk] / US [ˌmɔrəˈlɪstɪk] adjective showing disapproval expressing strong ideas about what is right and wrong and trying to make other people behave according to them moralistic notions of sin and redemption …   English dictionary

  • moralistic — moralist ► NOUN 1) a person who teaches or promotes morality. 2) a person who behaves morally. DERIVATIVES moralistic adjective …   English terms dictionary

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