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Meaning of MORALIZE

Pronunciation:  'moru`lIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  improve the morals of
  2. [v]  speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements; "This man always sermonizes"
  3. [v]  interpret the moral meaning of; "moralize a story"

MORALIZE is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: moralise, moralise, preachify, sermonise, sermonize
 See Also: advocate, interpret, preach, reclaim, rectify, reform, regenerate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mor"al*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Moralized}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Moralizing}.] [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.
             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.
  2. \Mor"al*ize\, v. i.
    To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as
    involving a moral.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: annotate, censure, criticize, critique, discourse, explain, exposit, expound, harangue, hold forth, lecture, moralize upon, point a moral, pontificate, preach, preachify, read a lesson, review, sermonize