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Holy Willie

a person who is hypocritically pious
Word Origin
C18: from Burns' Holy Willie's Prayer
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  • He puts this impious doctrine into the mouth of holy willie.

    The Real Robert Burns J. L. Hughes
  • For Burns believed in his own mind that these men, holy willie and the crew he typified, were thoroughly dishonest.

    Robert Burns Gabriel Setoun
  • "holy willie's Prayer," one of the most withering satires on orthodox Christianity ever penned, was memorized by him.

  • I enclose you holy willie for the sake of giving you a little further information of the affair than Mr. Creech could do.

  • The rank absurdity of this doctrine was justly satirized by burns in the opening stanza of his "holy willie's Prayer:"

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