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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who drives all decisions on perceived morals, especially one who enforces them with censorship.
  • n. A teacher of morals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
  • n. a philosopher who specializes in morals and moral problems

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