- making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, etc.: They resented his sanctimonious comments on immorality in America.
- Obsolete. holy; sacred.
Origin of sanctimonious
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Related Wordsself-satisfied, hypocritical, pious, insincere, smug, stuffy, bigoted, canting, goody-goody, holier-than-thou, preachy, unctuous, Pecksniffian, pharisaical, pietistic, false
Examples from the Web for sanctimonious
The sanctimonious, the puritans of all stripes, and the killjoys in general raise the issue annually.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
It is a sanctimonious doctor show combined with a sanctimonious mob drama—and misses the core of the profession.‘Mob Doctor’: Boring TV Show Misses the Mark on What Physicians Do
September 18, 2012
One purported fan blogged a review calling the interlude “an interminable and sanctimonious speech.”Intimate Madonna Show at Paris’s Olympia Hall Turns Ugly
July 27, 2012
Other terms for Santorum: “religious,” “sanctimonious,” and “God-talker.”The GOP Candidates Defined? A Word Cloud From Daily Beast Readers
February 25, 2012
The pious, sanctimonious Oscar ceremony is how Hollywood wants to see itself.The Gaudy, Gauche and Sometimes Corrupt Greatness of the Golden Globes
January 16, 2012
"If ever there was a sanctimonious hypocrite it's that Mrs. Cripps," she declared.
If ever I ran afoul of a sanctimonious pair of hypocrites they're the pair.
Who do you think you're kidding, Bev, you sanctimonious hypocrite—me?Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
He saw that a year at Dunwood House had produced a sanctimonious prig.The Longest Journey
E. M. Forster
I don't know why you should have taken it into your head all of a sudden to be so sanctimonious.The Youngest Girl in the Fifth
- affecting piety or making a display of holiness
C17: from Latin sanctimonia sanctity, from sanctus holy
Word Origin and History for sanctimonious
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