moralize

When you moralize, you lecture someone about right and wrong, judging their decisions and actions. It’s just plain wrong for people to moralize! Oops.

If you know someone who complains about "kids today" and pontificates about how things were in the past, adding an opinion of the proper way to act, you're familiar with the verb moralize. At the heart of moralize is moral, from the Latin root moralis, "proper behavior of a person in society," and someone who moralizes simply wants to share their own idea of what's moral — unfortunately, they tend to do it in an overly superior way.

Definitions of moralize
1

v speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgments

Synonyms:
moralise, preachify, sermonise, sermonize
Type of:
advocate, preach
speak, plead, or argue in favor of

v interpret the moral meaning of

moralize a story”
Synonyms:
moralise
Type of:
interpret, rede
give an interpretation or explanation to

v improve the morals of

Synonyms:
moralise
Type of:
reclaim, rectify, reform, regenerate
bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one

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