[ sangk-tuh-moh-nee ]
/ ˈsæŋk təˌmoʊ ni /


pretended, affected, or hypocritical religious devotion, righteousness, etc.
Obsolete. sanctity; sacredness.

Nearby words

  1. sanctification,
  2. sanctified,
  3. sanctify,
  4. sanctimonious,
  5. sanctimoniously,
  6. sanction,
  7. sanction mark,
  8. sanctions,
  9. sanctitude,
  10. sanctity

Origin of sanctimony

First recorded in 1530–40, sanctimony is from the Latin word sānctimōnia holiness. See Sanctus, -mony

Related formsnon·sanc·ti·mo·ny, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for sanctimony



1530s, from Middle French sanctimonie, from Latin sanctimonia "sacredness, holiness, virtuousness," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper