Definition of moralistic in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɒrəˈlɪstɪk/


Overfond of making moral judgements about others' behaviour; too ready to moralize: the media’s homophobic and moralistic coverage of AIDS
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  • Fertility behaviour was consequently interpreted in a conservative and moralistic way, and the decline in the birth-rate was attributed to the ‘selfishness of women’.
  • As might have been expected by anybody outside the blinkered world of health promotion, moralistic anti-smoking propaganda directed at adolescents has proved counterproductive.
  • Whatever their true motivations, there can be little doubt that the company is adopting an increasingly moralistic stance toward its customers, and internet users in general.



Pronunciation: /mɒrəˈlɪstɪk(ə)li/
Pronunciation: /mɒrəˈlɪstɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • This fabricated nonsense is just the type of untruth that paints the image of our office as being a moralistically hostile environment.
  • I don't think it's "illegal" but it's moralistically incorrect.
  • But if lying is moralistically wrong, how can it ever be justified?
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