1no object Comment on issues of right and wrong, typically with an unfounded air of superiority.‘the solution to climate change is not to moralize from on high’
pontificate, sermonize, philosophize, lecture, preachView synonyms
- ‘the news media are sure to moralize about the arrogance of power’
2with object Reform the character and conduct of.
- ‘he endeavored to moralize an immoral society’
- 2.1Interpret or explain as giving lessons on good and bad character and conduct.
- ‘mythographers normally moralize Narcissus as the man who wastes himself in pursuing worldly goods’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘explain the moral meaning of’): from French moraliser or medieval Latin moralizare, from late Latin moralis (see moral).