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sanctimony

[sangk-tuh-moh-nee]
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noun
  1. pretended, affected, or hypocritical religious devotion, righteousness, etc.
  2. Obsolete. sanctity; sacredness.
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Origin of sanctimony

First recorded in 1530–40, sanctimony is from the Latin word sānctimōnia holiness. See Sanctus, -mony
Related formsnon·sanc·ti·mo·ny, noun
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n.

1530s, from Middle French sanctimonie, from Latin sanctimonia "sacredness, holiness, virtuousness," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)).

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