Definition of moralist in English:
1A person who teaches or promotes morality.
- 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.
- 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.
1.2 rare A person who behaves in a morally commendable way.
- 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.
Definition of moralist in:
- US English dictionary