sanctimonious

[ sangk-tuh-moh-nee-uh s ]
/ ˌsæŋk təˈmoʊ ni əs /

adjective

making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, etc.: They resented his sanctimonious comments on immorality in America.
Obsolete. holy; sacred.

Nearby words

  1. sanchez,
  2. sancho panza,
  3. sanctification,
  4. sanctified,
  5. sanctify,
  6. sanctimoniously,
  7. sanctimony,
  8. sanction,
  9. sanction mark,
  10. sanctions

Origin of sanctimonious

First recorded in 1595–1605; sanctimony + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for sanctimonious

sanctimonious

/ (ˌsæŋktɪˈməʊnɪəs) /

adjective

affecting piety or making a display of holiness
Derived Formssanctimoniously, adverbsanctimoniousness, nounsanctimony, noun

Word Origin for sanctimonious

C17: from Latin sanctimonia sanctity, from sanctus holy

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