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moralize about (someone or something)

To discuss or proclaim moral judgments or observations about a particular person or thing, especially in a trite or obvious manner. These politicians need to spend less time moralizing about the nature of drug addiction and homelessness, and spend more time helping the people in society who are most vulnerable. Plenty of people have moralized about the country's dictator, but so far no one has done anything to curb his power.
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moralize about someone or something

to utter moral platitudes about someone or something. There is no point in moralizing about Carlo. He can't be changed. Why are you moralizing about the election? The people are always right.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Metamorphoses was translated into French and moralized as the Ovide moralise in the early fourteenth century, possibly at the request of Clemence of Hungary.
Indeed, for many of our foes, we're dangerous not because we've misrepresented the truth but for precisely the opposite reason: We embody a truth they don't want to face - the truth that homosexuality is a widespread, naturally occurring orientation that cannot be willed, wished, prayed, argued, or moralized out of existence.
Unable to give any satisfactory explanation for the great Roman baths -- mere entertainment was an inconceivable justification -- Alberti (without whom, as the editors might have said, this volume could never have been written) moralized: the great empty spaces could not have been purely for gossiping crowds -- the average Roman citizen must therefore have been a philosopher, earnestly debating the toss wit his fellows within the splendours of classical architecture.
(A well-known example that she cites is Lysander's rejection in A Midsummer Night's Dream of Hermia as "Ethiop" and "tawny Tartar.") This perspective yields startling and fruitful results: perhaps most striking is the rereading of the familiar, traditionally moralized "fair"/"dark" binary in the English Petrarchan lyric (e.g., in Sidney's Astrophel and Stella) as participating in the discourse of race.
Certainly, Glissenti's Philosopher has dramatically moralized and spiritualized work, which now is the chief conduit for unremitting sin.
Levenson explores the weaknesses in Antonio Saviolo's moralized account, in the Practise (1595), of the difference between the Spanish and the Italian styles of fencing, the former championed by Tybalt.