sanctimonious

[ sangk-tuh-moh-nee-uhs ]
/ 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.

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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 forms of sanctimonious

sanctimoniously, adverbsanctimoniousness, nounsanctimony, noun

Word Origin for sanctimonious

C17: from Latin sanctimonia sanctity, from sanctus holy
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