Definitions

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  • n. The act of moralizing.
  • n. Moral reform.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of moralizing; moral reflections or discourse.
  • n. Explanation in a moral sense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of moralizing or reflecting upon morals; a moral reflection.
  • n. The act of giving a moral meaning or effect to something; explanation in a moral sense.
  • n. The act of rendering moral; subjection to moral rules; the process of giving a moral character to something.
  • n. Also spelled moralisation.

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

  • n. the act of making moral (or more moral)
  • n. indulgence in moral pronouncements; the exposition (often superficially) of a particular moral code

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Examples

  • Over the past few days, some have interpreted very narrowly what Pope Benedict said in his book-length interview with Peter Seewald, a German journalist, about condoms as a "first step" in the "moralization" of someone like a "male prostitute" who uses one to prevent the spread of infection.

    Rev. James Martin, S.J.: Understanding the Pope's New Stance on Condoms

  • Hayek would support the current calls for a "moralization" of global capitalism, since the core of the crisis seems to be exactly the loss of moral constraints in the blind pursuit of as many quick bucks as possible.

    For a Moral Stimulus

  • In a book-length interview last year, Benedict said condoms are not a "real or moral solution" to the AIDS epidemic, but that their use by someone intending to prevent infection could "be a first step in the direction of a moralization" of sexuality.

    Vatican To Draft Guidelines For Catholic Hospitals, AIDS Prevention

  • Trying to give the idea of a supposed moralization to this censorship is useless, it sounds offensive when corrupt politicians with a dirty past continue to compete in total freedom.

    Global Voices in English » Brazil: Has a free Internet really appeared on the electoral scene?

  • But he also said, "there may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility ..."

    James Heffernan: Memo To Catholic Conservatives: Two Great Saints Stand Behind the Pope's Statement on Condoms

  • The pope then added: There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants.

    Vatican Moves to Elaborate Pope

  • As President, Bill Clinton contributed greatly to this country, and if we continue along the path of uber-moralization, the pool of potential politicians will reduce to uncompromising and self-righteous idealists. — omzidar

    Is Virtue What We Buy or What We Sell? - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The pope offered the hypothetical example of a male prostitute, whose condom use could "be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility" in not spreading a disease to his partner.

    Vatican Walks Back Any Change To Teaching On Condoms

  • Pope Benedict XVI said there may be special cases in which the use of condoms can be considered " a first step in the direction of moralization " — the first time a pope has ever suggested that the Roman Catholic Church ' s ban on condoms is not absolut e.

    World Watch

  • VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI said there may be special cases in which the use of condoms can be considered " a first step in the direction of moralization " --the first time a pope has ever suggested that the Roman Catholic Church ' s ban on condoms is not absolute.

    Pope Says Vatican Condom Ban May Not Be Absolute

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