One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Overfond of making moral judgements about others' behaviour; too ready to moralize.‘a moralistic stance on advertising’‘modernized fairy tales are often moralistic and cleaned up’
- ‘He gave them a brief history of his culture and explained his heritage before telling traditional native stories, complete with moralistic values.’
- ‘As might have been expected by anybody outside the blinkered world of health promotion, moralistic anti-smoking propaganda directed at adolescents has proved counterproductive.’
- ‘Fertility behaviour was consequently interpreted in a conservative and moralistic way, and the decline in the birth-rate was attributed to the ‘selfishness of women’.’
- ‘Having inflexible, overly moralistic policies for dealing with those who deal in drugs may be unrealistic in this environment if there are other priorities.’
- ‘I am very concerned about moral issues but I hope in a non - moralistic way.’
- ‘We need to have more debate and action about the real issues rather than another moralistic and ultimately fruitless debate.’
- ‘I detest any attempt to sell science for political or moralistic ends.’
- ‘Whatever their true motivations, there can be little doubt that the company is adopting an increasingly moralistic stance toward its customers, and internet users in general.’
- ‘I'd lay bets that her upbringing was rigid and moralistic.’
- ‘But if he wants to be so moralistic, shouldn't his ministers also behave morally?’
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