[ pek-snif-ee-uhn ]
/ pɛkˈsnɪf i ən /
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adjective (often lowercase)
hypocritically and unctuously affecting benevolence or high moral principles.
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Sometimes Peck·sniff·ish .
Origin of Pecksniffian
1850–55; named after Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel (1843) by Dickens; see -ian
OTHER WORDS FROM PecksniffianPeck·sniff·er·y, Peck·sniff·i·an·ism, Peck·sniff·ism, noun
Words nearby Pecksniffian
pecking order, Peckinpah, peckish, Peck's Bad Boy, pecksniff, Pecksniffian, pecky, Pecorino, Pecos, Pecos Bill, pecs
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How to use Pecksniffian in a sentence
Of course, one should be cautious here, so as not to seem merely puritanical or Pecksniffian.Literature in the Elementary School|Porter Lander MacClintock
He was, after a fashion, a Pecksniffian man, this Henry Ham.The Sea Bride|Ben Ames Williams
He posed as the Pecksniffian leader of Reform and the reform he advocated always meant the lash for the man who toils.The Fall of a Nation|Thomas Dixon
At all events, Philadelphia is the most pecksniffian of American cities, and thus probably leads the world.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
Piety was certainly hers, in a Pecksniffian sense, but the commercial instinct leavened the loaf.Wanted: A Cook|Alan Dale
British Dictionary definitions for Pecksniffian
/ (pɛkˈsnɪfɪən) /
affecting benevolence or high moral principles
Word Origin for Pecksniffian
C19: after Seth Pecksniff, character in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit (1843)
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