Definition of preachy in English:


adjectivepreachier, preachiest

  • Having or showing a tendency to give moral advice in a tedious or self-righteous way.

    ‘his patriotic pictures had a preachy tone’
    • ‘Most critically, it has no moral centre, just a preachy moral lesson.’
    • ‘The themes of the film are worn on its striped, embroidered sleeve, and often the script gets preachy with its sanctimonious moralizing.’
    • ‘His need to impart lessons about baseball and life tends to make him sound, at times, preachy and sanctimonious.’
    • ‘I rewrote it several years ago and when I went back to it, it had this really didactic preachy ending and it was just awful.’
    • ‘The result was a preachy didacticism that is more likely to conceal human truth than reveal it.’
    • ‘Still, he says the band's shows aren't meant to be preachy.’
    • ‘I know you probably hear this a lot, and I don't want to sound preachy, but just try it out once in awhile, and see if it makes a change.’
    • ‘To be honest, it's usually too preachy, straining to get across a point, like using a chainsaw to cut a string on your jacket.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the ending comes far too abruptly and consequently feels kind of preachy and not at all in tune with the feeling of the rest of the play.’
    • ‘They aren't preachy, and seem to be sensible and hard working.’
    • ‘Forgive me sounding preachy but the character in our neighbourhoods, heritage and iconic landscape will be utterly lost.’
    • ‘There were some lovely historical tales and some very preachy tracts.’
    • ‘Then it gets preachy, and even boring in the name of realism.’
    • ‘But amid this entertainment, and without being too preachy, the group showed us that dreams are not what they're cracked up to be.’
    • ‘I hope I don't sound too preachy, but that letter got me all riled up.’
    • ‘It is poignant without being preachy, invested with subtleties when the penchant in the past would have been to go overboard.’
    • ‘The narrative would benefit from more structure, especially towards the end, which feels loose and a bit preachy.’
    • ‘These are two thoughtful performances in a carefully understated film that has a number of erudite lines without ever becoming preachy.’
    • ‘We're just bashing around trying to do something meaningful, but not in a preachy sense.’
    • ‘I think that makes my music less preachy and it also allows me to just talk about the regular things I go through.’
    moralistic, moralizing, sanctimonious, self-righteous, holier-than-thou, priggish, sententious, pietistic, didactic, dogmatic
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