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 (môr′ə-lĭz′əm, mŏr′-)
1. A conventional moral maxim or attitude.
2. The act or practice of moralizing.
3. Often undue concern for morality.


1. the habit or practice of moralizing
2. a moral saying
3. (Philosophy) the practice of moral principles without reference to religion


(ˈmɔr əˌlɪz əm, ˈmɒr-)

1. the habit of moralizing.
2. a moral maxim.
3. emphasis, esp. undue emphasis, on morality.
4. the practice of morality, as distinct from religion.


the practice of morality, as distinct from religion. — moralist, n. — moralistic, adj.
See also: Ethics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moralism - a moral maxim
axiom, maxim - a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
2.moralism - judgments about another person's morality; "he could not stand her hectoring moralism"
value judgement, value judgment - an assessment that reveals more about the values of the person making the assessment than about the reality of what is assessed
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