moralistic moralistic  /ˌmɔ rə ˈlɪ stɪk/


  • (adj) narrowly and conventionally moral


  1. As anyone who actually watches them knows, the talk shows are one of the most excruciatingly moralistic forums the culture has to offer.
  2. First, the technological quick fix simply isn't coming, and second, it defies human nature, which responds better to incentives than to moralistic exhortation.
  3. Her discomfort with the moralistic rationales for sending troops into Kosovo was reflected in Governor Bush's waffly initial statements.


  • How Milton Friedman’s NAIRU Has Increased Inequality, Damaging Innovation and Growth

    Yves here. Advocates of Galtian "winner take all" markets frequently invoke both moralistic and efficiency-based arguments for more income inequality. The problem with their argument that "creators" should get to hoard their winnings is that their success does not take place in a vacuum, but is built on the back of generations of cultural, technological, and procedural advances, as well as ...
    on August 26, 2013     Source: Naked Capitalism


  1. "I'm a part of it, I'm speaking from inside of our culture," Marsalis said. "We're not taking a moralistic view. It's not, `Let me tell y'all how I'm different from you.' It's a comment on our way of life and our culture."
    on Dec 1, 2006 By: Wynton Marsalis Source: FOXNews

  2. Franco Grillini, a homosexual parliamentarian and leading gay rights activist, accused the Pope of launching a "moralistic dictatorship based on the fear of sex."
    on Mar 13, 2007 By: Franco Grillini Source: Reuters Canada

  3. "I mean, Henry historically was quite well-behaved for a king of his time. He was quite moralistic. Some kings of Europe had these harems of a thousand women," Rhys Meyers says. "As an Irishman in school, you always thought of Henry VIII as...
    on Sep 27, 2007 By: Jonathan Rhys Meyers Source: 680 News

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