from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To think about or express moral judgments or reflections.
- transitive v. To interpret or explain the moral meaning of.
- transitive v. To improve the morals of; reform.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To apply to a moral purpose; to explain in a moral sense; to draw a moral from.
- v. To furnish with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to.
- v. To render moral; to correct the morals of.
- v. To give a moral quality to; to affect the moral quality of, either for better or worse.
- v. To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To apply to a moral purpose; to explain in a moral sense; to draw a moral from.
- transitive v. To furnish with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to.
- transitive v. To render moral; to correct the morals of.
- transitive v. To give a moral quality to; to affect the moral quality of, either for better or worse.
- intransitive v. To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral.
- intransitive v. to lecture to a person in a manner asserting moral principles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To apply to a moral purpose, or to explain in a moral sense; draw a moral from; found moral reflections on.
- To supply with a moral or practical lesson; furnish with edifying examples.
- To exemplify the moral of: as, to moralize a fable.
- To render moral; give a moral character to.
- To affect strongly the moral or religious sense of; bring into a state of intense moral or religious feeling.
- To make moral reflections; draw practical lessons from the facts of life.
- To have an influence, especially a beneficial influence, on morals.
- Also spelled moralise.
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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Two stanzas in English moralize the situation, and for our present purpose may be ignored.
This tendency to thrift is strongest in boys, and both sexes often show the tendency to moralize, that is so strong in the early teens.
The bottom line: stop funding attempts to "moralize" men and fund effective prevention programs that meet men, women and young people where they are.
(He seems to be using "moralize" in a sense that makes it a good thing, something like a "critique" of human behavior.)
We "moralize" not by denying the existence of the monster, but by rationalizing to ourselves that it is only under extreme, exceptional conditions that the monster emerges (even while admitting the monster is always there).
He wants to moralize without the minister mantle that paints him, he told CT, as ....... the token religious candidate, that the only reason I was in the race was to advance my own personal, spiritual agenda, which was ridiculous.
Democrats, as opposed to Republicans like this clown, don't generally moralize about family values. lovable liberal
Nick Beaudrot on how to un-demoralize (re-moralize?) the base:
Choices that would typically be framed in a way that allows the audience to moralize when individuals make them are no one else's business when they take place within a family unit.
He did not formulate the law in clear, set terms and moralize about it.