- of moralism or moralists
The definition of moralistic is relating to right and wrong, or someone or something which believes in a narrow definition of morality.
An example of something moralistic is a guide about appropriate ways to treat a friend.
- Characterized by or displaying a concern with morality.
- Given to making moral judgments, especially in a self-righteous or judgmental manner.
(comparative more moralistic, superlative most moralistic)
moral +"Ž -istic
- In the hands of moralistic theologians, like Lactantius, they certainly assume a somewhat grotesque form, but the fact that these men clung to them is the clearest evidence that in the West millennarianism was still a point of "orthodoxy" in the 4th century.
- Simple souls found their spiritual pasture in little mincing "devotions"; while robuster minds built up for themselves a natural moralistic religion, quite as close to Epictetus as to Christianity.
- The moralistic conception of the gospel as a "law of liberty," the very phrase recalling the expression of Barn.
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