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


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

OTHER WORDS FROM sanctimonious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sanctimoniousness

/ (ˌsæŋktɪˈməʊnɪəs) /


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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