Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by or displaying a concern with morality.
  • adj. Marked by a narrow-minded morality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of or relating to a narrow-minded concern of the morals of others; self-righteous

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. narrowly and conventionally moral; -- of people.
  • adj. disposed to moralize{2}; -- of people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inculcating morality; didactic: as, moralistic poets.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. narrowly and conventionally moral

Etymologies

moral +‎ -istic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One in particular who referred to a 'moralistic' view as being 'blinkered'.

    BBC Ouch Blog

  • This ought to tell you how sick "law" tends to become and how dangerous human based authority, called moralistic superiority, really is.

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  • Petition: Shame on the so called moralistic people from the Sri Ram sena!

    rediff.com

  • Reason article in 1983, to examine how certain types of government regulations come into being, particularly what I would call moralistic regulation.

    Positive Liberty

  • The president-elect of the Christian Coalition announced Tuesday that he was stepping down, saying that the religious group appeared to balk at his proposals to focus on environmental and anti-poverty issues rather than on purely "moralistic" issues such as abortion.

    Evangelical Church Defends Obama Invitation

  • Researchers have found evidence of self-protective retaliation, or revenge, and third-party, or "moralistic," punishment in many of nature's diverse niches.

    Michael E. McCullough: The Revenge Instinct and the Bailout Package

  • Make all the 'moralistic' complaints you want about how alcohol and drugs are bad for society; you fly in the face of evidence that the cure is indeed worse than the disease.

    Mommy Pact

  • Any other director, saddled with such a self-evidently mediocre script, would simply churn out the kind of moralistic low-budget gangster pieces that thrived on the lower half of double-bills in the 40s.

    T-Men

  • What arose, in its place, is a kind of moralistic, paternalistic, reactionary culture in which undercover police arrest people for being drunk – not for fighting or lewdness or driving drunk but simply for being drunk while sitting at the bar.

    Get Kinky for Texas Governor

  • Sounds like the 'moralistic' tactic failed, and badly so.

    "Quite damaging, wide-reaching, nefarious and mean-spirited."

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