• WordNet 3.6
    • n moralist someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
    • n moralist a philosopher who specializes in morals and moral problems
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Moralist One who moralizes; one who teaches or animadverts upon the duties of life; a writer of essays intended to correct vice and inculcate moral duties.
    • Moralist One who practices moral duties; a person who lives in conformity with moral rules; one of correct deportment and dealings with his fellow-creatures; -- sometimes used in contradistinction to one whose life is controlled by religious motives. "The love (in the moralist of virtue, but in the Christian) of God himself."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moralist One who teaches morals; a writer or lecturer on ethics; one who inculcates moral duties.
    • n moralist One who practises moral as distinguished from religious duties; a merely moral as distinguished from a religious person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Moralist one who teaches morals, or who practises moral duties: a merely moral as distinguished from a religious man: one who prides himself on his morality
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    “Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth -- well, it's like brown -- it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.”
  • Lord Byron
    “There is no sterner moralist than pleasure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. moraliste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. moralismos, moris, custom.


In literature:

Hence, unlike most moralists, he is no satirist.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol 2 of 3)" by John Morley
In common with other moralists, Saadi reiterates the maxim that learning and virtue, precept and practice, should ever go hand in hand.
"Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers" by W. A. Clouston
Therefore, while the Early Victorian moralist hesitated, the mother accepted.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
That this is at least one way of stating the case has been often acknowledged by the positive moralists themselves.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
I am not like other moralists, who talk in one way and act in another.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
But always his feeling for color betrays him a painter rather than a moralist.
"French Art" by W. C. Brownell
This latter must be taught patience at the hands, of the statesman and the moralist.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
However, for a moralist, I never set up, and never shall, while common sense abides with me.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
Pyrrho was eminently a moralist.
"Sextus Empiricus and Greek Scepticism" by Mary Mills Patrick
It is said that there is something higher in politeness than Christian moralists have recognized.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young

In poetry:

The saint or moralist should tread
This moss-grown alley musing, slow;
They seek like me the secret shade,
But not like me to nourish woe!
"The Shrubbery, Written In A Time Of Affliction" by William Cowper
"I wish the moralists would thresh
(Indeed the thing is very droll)
God's oldest joke, forever fresh:
The fact that in the finest flesh
There isn't any soul."
"The Cloak Model" by John Crowe Ransom
Their name, their years, spelt by th' unletter'd muse,
The place of fame and elegy supply:
And many a holy text around she strews,
That teach the rustic moralist to die.
"Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" by Thomas Gray
O Justice! O Charity! mix well your powers
To judge a just judgment of lives such as ours,—
Fated? — not quite,— though more like it, beseems,
Than moralists own, or theology dreams.
"Bond Or Free? A Double Thought" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
When age shall steal on me, and youth is no more,
And the moralist Time shakes his glass at my door,
What charm in lost beauty or wealth should I find
My treasure, my wealth, is a sweet peace of mind!
"The Search After Happiness. A Pastoral Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

They are compulsive sinners and self-loathing moralists.
The moralistic Steampunk of " Dishonored " feels like a creepy vacation to a weird place.
The TV moralist's government record.
GOP moralist Bennett gives up gambling.
Greg Smith and the General Case for Moralistic Outrage.
The Story of a Moralist, Erich Kästner's novel about 1930s Berlin.
The Quays — born in Pennsylvania, based in London for 40 years— are late-Victorian artist-moralists trapped in a post-nuclear universe, Lewis Carrolls whose Mad Hatter would have done unspeakable things to Alice.
A decade ago, the question of humanitarian intervention, above all in Bosnia, split both left and right into antiwar " realists " and prowar moralists, or "Wilsonians".
A Response to the New Moralists.
For the New Moralists there are two sorts of ethics, one based on law the other on love.
Obama on Libya: "A Cold-Hearted Realist and Warm-Blooded Moralist".
Tuesday the United States turned the corner toward confirming an often autocratic and moralistically relative socialism (Nov. 7 article, "Obama back for encore").
Different moralists give different reasons as to why cruelty to animals is wrong.
Even if her movie does not, Kathleen Turner shines as the moralistic matriarch at the head of 'The Perfect Family.'.
CHICAGO — An experimental abstinence-only program without a moralistic tone can delay teens from having sex, a provocative study found.

In science:

Being an equal opportunity moralist I have advice for theorists and for experimentalists alike.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics