moralize[môr′əl īz′, mär′-]
intransitive verbmoralized, moralizing
Origin of moralizeFrench moraliser ; from Late Latin moralizare ; from Classical Latin moralis
- to interpret or explain in terms of right and wrong
- to point out the moral in or draw a moral from
- to improve the morals of
verbmor·al·ized, mor·al·iz·ing, mor·al·iz·es
- To interpret or explain the moral meaning of.
- To improve the morals of; reform.
(third-person singular simple present moralizes, present participle moralizing, simple past and past participle moralized)
- To apply to a moral purpose; to explain in a moral sense; to draw a moral from.
- To furnish with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to.
- To render moral; to correct the morals of.
- To give a moral quality to; to affect the moral quality of, either for better or worse.
- To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral.
Compare French moraliser.