Definition of moralist in English:


Syllabification: mor·al·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈmôrəlist


  • 1A person who teaches or promotes morality.
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    • Approximately half the entry is on the Greek moralists Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics.
    • Third, moral philosophers and moralists in the wake of eighteenth-century cosmopolitanisms have insisted that we human beings have a duty to aid fellow humans in need, regardless of their citizenship status.
    • For a moralist teaches us the anatomy of virtue and vice, helping us to see and understand what is at stake in particular judgments and practices.
  • 1.1A person given to moralizing.
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    • But donning the robes of the moralist presents problems of its own, notably the problem of Presentism, that is judging historical figures by contemporary moral standards.
    • You know: not all moral people are moralists, nor all moralists moralistic.
    • But also the moralist forgets that morality cannot be imposed or legislated or begotten by an act of will.
  • 1.2A person who behaves in a morally commendable way.
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    • It's such a fascinating world and as soon as people can stop thinking of the Victorians as stuffy moralists then they can see that they were very sensual and rich.
    • ‘She was a moralist and puritan who would consider the topic of sex a taboo,’ he said.
    • He is the moralist for whom, in the religious life, morality counts as everything.



Pronunciation: /ˌmôrəˈlistik/
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  • It is ethical without being moralistic, realistic without being limited.
  • It’s a very moral show about amoral people that achieves its moral ends by never being moralistic or judgmental.


Pronunciation: /ˌmôrəˈlistik(ə)lē/
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  • Unless you're allergic to milk or moralistically vegan, don't order soy milk!
  • The book is presented moralistically, as a tall tale about an entertaining but indefensible swine that knew he was doing evil but was having too much fun to stop.
  • Nor do I intend to moralistically disapprove of material comforts.

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