moralize

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Moralize \Mor"al*ize\, verb (used without an object)

1. To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral.

2. to lecture to a person in a manner asserting moral principles.

Syn: sermonize, preachify, moralise. [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Moralize \Mor"al*ize\ (m[o^]r"al*[imac]z), verb (used with an object) [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.

This fable is moralized in a common proverb. --L'Estrange.

Did he not moralize this spectacle? --Shak.

2. To furnish with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to.

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

3. To render moral; to correct the morals of.

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

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

Good and bad stars moralize not our actions. --Sir T. Browne.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

moralize

verb

1: interpret the moral meaning of; "moralize a story" [syn: {moralize}, {moralise}]

2: speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements; "This man always sermonizes" [syn: {sermonize}, {sermonise}, {preachify}, {moralize}, {moralise}]

3: improve the morals of [syn: {moralize}, {moralise}]


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