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From Old French moraliser


moralize (third-person singular simple present moralizes, present participle moralizing, simple past and past participle moralized)

  1. (transitive) To apply to a moral purpose; to explain in a moral sense; to draw a moral from.
    • L'Estrange
      This fable is moralized in a common proverb.
    • Shakespeare
      Did he not moralize this spectacle?
  2. (transitive) To supply with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to.
    • Wordsworth
      While chastening thoughts of sweetest use, bestowed / By Wisdom, moralize his pensive road.
  3. (transitive) To render moral; to correct the morals of.
    • D. Ramsay
      It had a large share in moralizing the poor white people of the country.
  4. (transitive) To give a moral quality to; to affect the moral quality of, either for better or worse.
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      Good and bad stars moralize not our actions.
  5. (intransitive) To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral.