[[t]mɒ̱rəlaɪz, AM mɔ͟ːr-[/t]]
moralizes, moralizing, moralized
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 opinion.

As a dramatist I hate to moralize...

Society in general moralized about `loose women'.

Derived words:
moralizing N-UNCOUNT

We have tried to avoid any moralising.

(in BRIT, also use moralise)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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