holier-than-thou

[ hoh-lee-er-thuhn-thou ]
/ ˈhoʊ li ər ðənˈðaʊ /

adjective

obnoxiously pious; sanctimonious; self-righteous.

noun

a person who is obnoxiously pious or self-righteous.

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Origin of holier-than-thou

First recorded in 1910–15

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