sanctimony

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

noun

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

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Word Origin and History for sanctimony

sanctimony

n.

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

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