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  • v. Alternative spelling of moralize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. moralize.

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

  • v. speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements
  • v. interpret the moral meaning of
  • v. improve the morals of

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Examples

  • France is keen to pull its weight in the fight against tax havens, which president Nicolas Sarkozy has championed as a crucial part of a drive to "moralise" capitalism in the wake of the global crisis.

    The Guardian World News

  • For some parents, there may be feelings of hypocrisy – those who came of age in the cocaine-snorting 80s, or acid house 90s, may be disinclined to moralise.

    Teenagers are pushing the boundaries and parents don't know what to do

  • There is one section in your letter which almost provokes me to moralise for an hour, but as I am not writing a sermon, I will only say that for any one and, may I say, particularly a young lady to evince perfect happiness in their situation, and be sensible of Heaven's blessings, is a gigantic step gain'd in the school of human life.

    Letter 132

  • I could, methinks, moralise over the situation of those who have a scarcity of food and fuel! —

    Letter 225

  • I would like to see a show thats set during/after a near future appocolypse, one that doesn't try and moralise the audience as if we were idiots.

    Voice Of The Fans: The SF TV Show You'd Like To See

  • He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralise about it.

    The Law of Meat

  • I don't know how these people have the brass-neck to moralise to anyone, or offer themselves for election. toco

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • They moralise to each other about the fecklessness of someone who is enjoying such sport in the middle of the harvest, but then he turns towards them and they see he is "gaunt and lean, with sunken cheeks / And wasted limbs".

    Ten of the best fishing trips

  • You could see him as the latest example of a British tradition that stretches back to the founders of the Scouts and the Boys' Brigade, anxious to re-moralise and re-dignify the working class; Campbell scolds teenage addictions to, among other things, X Factor celebrity and online pornography.

    You're hired: white van man and the real apprentices

  • Some ten or eleven years ago, when I was compiling a little anthology of Irish fairy and folk tales, somebody asked an eminent authority to advise me.8 He replied that there was little Irish folklore in print, that could be trusted as one could trust the books of Scottish folklore, and went on to moralise over the defects of Irish character.

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