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moralize

mor·al·ize

moralize

 
pronunciation:
mo r laIz [or] ma r laIz
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: moralized, moralizes, moralizing
definition: to discuss or think about morality.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to discuss in terms of morals.
definition 2: to cause to conform to higher moral standards.
similar words:
regenerate
derivations: moralizingly (adv.), moralization (n.), moralizer (n.)
Word Parts
The word moralize contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).