American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A teacher or student of morals and moral problems.
- n. One who follows a system of moral principles.
- n. One who is unduly concerned with the morals of others.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who teaches morals; a writer or lecturer on ethics; one who inculcates moral duties.
- n. One who practises moral as distinguished from religious duties; a merely moral as distinguished from a religious person.
- n. pejorative One who drives all decisions on perceived morals, especially one who enforces them with censorship.
- n. obsolete A teacher of morals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who moralizes; one who teaches or animadverts upon the duties of life; a writer of essays intended to correct vice and inculcate moral duties.
- n. One who practices moral duties; a person who lives in conformity with moral rules; one of correct deportment and dealings with his fellow-creatures; -- sometimes used in contradistinction to one whose life is controlled by religious motives.
- n. someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
- n. a philosopher who specializes in morals and moral problems
“The moralist is the writer who has a "moral design" on literature -- who sees it as an forum for moral discourse more than as an aesthetic form -- or who wishes to create a moral "design" in works of fiction or poetry in the guise of, or in substitution for, aesthetic design.”
“Fear, fury, desire, shame -- the whole philosophy of the religious moralist is simply an abstraction, systematisation and indoctrination of emotional reactions as so-called moral principles.”
“Bahaha, the republican moralist is making fun of others being elitist?”
“The reign of the moralist is the reign of the mob, or of some Jack-in-office.”
“It is the teachers 'fault; they set themselves up as moralists, and a moralist is a positive danger to any child.”
“Mr. More is not, like Sainte-Beuve, primarily interested in psychology or in human beings; Mr. More is primarily a moralist, which is a worthy and serious thing to be.”
“The moralist is the man who shows life as it is, with its profound lessons of secret expiation which are everywhere imprinted.”
“As I had not been so well known as a moralist, and had not the prepossessing advantage of a bald, benevolent head, nothing was done for me, and I was turned once more on the wide world, to moralize on the vicissitudes of fortune.”
“I would call it moralist hysteria, I would call it religious myopia," she said.”
“What most of all he attacked as a moralist was the particular vice which most of all besieged him.”
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