Pecksniffian

[ pek-snif-ee-uh n ]
/ pɛkˈsnɪf i ən /
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adjective (often lowercase)

hypocritically and unctuously affecting benevolence or high moral principles.
Sometimes Peck·sniff·ish.

Origin of Pecksniffian

1850–55; named after Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel (1843) by Dickens; see -ian
Related formsPeck·sniff·er·y, Peck·sniff·i·an·ism, Peck·sniff·ism, noun
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Pecksniffian

/ (pɛkˈsnɪfɪən) /

adjective

affecting benevolence or high moral principles

Word Origin for Pecksniffian

C19: after Seth Pecksniff, character in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit (1843)
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Word Origin and History for pecksniffian

Pecksniffian


adj.

1851, after Mr. Pecksniff, unctuous hypocrite in Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit" (1844).

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