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Moralize \Mor"al*ize\ (m[o^]r"al*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Moralized (m[o^]r"al*[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Moralizing (m[o^]r"al*[imac]*z[i^]ng).] [Cf. F. moraliser.]

  1. To apply to a moral purpose; to explain in a moral sense; to draw a moral from.

    This fable is moralized in a common proverb.

    Did he not moralize this spectacle?

  2. To furnish with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to.

    While chastening thoughts of sweetest use, bestowed By Wisdom, moralize his pensive road.

  3. To render moral; to correct the morals of.

    It had a large share in moralizing the poor white people of the country.
    --D. Ramsay.

  4. To give a moral quality to; to affect the moral quality of, either for better or worse.

    Good and bad stars moralize not our actions.
    --Sir T. Browne.


n. The behaviour of one who moralizes. vb. (present participle of moralize English)


n. indulgence in moral pronouncements; the exposition (often superficially) of a particular moral code; "his constant moralizing drove me mad" [syn: moralization, moralisation]