holier-than-thou

[ hoh-lee-er-thuh n-th ou ]
/ ˈhoʊ li ər ðənˈðaʊ /

adjective

obnoxiously pious; sanctimonious; self-righteous.

noun

a person who is obnoxiously pious or self-righteous.

Origin of holier-than-thou

First recorded in 1910–15
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Word Origin and History for holier-than-thou

holier-than-thou


as an adjectival phrase in reference to supercilious sanctimony attested by 1888, American English. The text is in Isaiah lxv:5.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper