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

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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Contemporary Examples of sanctimony

  • And far from defining him as an empty suit, it suggests he is one filled with both hubris and sanctimony.

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    Herman Cain's Power Suit

    Robin Givhan

    November 4, 2011

  • She remained always allergic to sanctimony, impatient with convention, honest to the point of impropriety.

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    Dreams of His Mother

    Stacy Schiff

    May 3, 2011

  • Humor has given way to humorlessness, sarcasm to sanctimony, irony to invective.

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    Obama's No Gangster, Bachmann

    Matt Latimer

    March 7, 2011

  • We at The Daily Beast seek to provide a counterweight to all this sanctimony.

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    Extremely Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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    December 19, 2010

  • It is a 25-year life of crime presented with the verve of a movie trailer—and without one hint of sanctimony.

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    Goodfellas Turns 20

    Sean Macaulay

    September 21, 2010

Historical Examples of sanctimony

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