- pretended, affected, or hypocritical religious devotion, righteousness, etc.
- Obsolete. sanctity; sacredness.
Origin of sanctimony
Examples from the Web for sanctimony
And far from defining him as an empty suit, it suggests he is one filled with both hubris and sanctimony.Herman Cain's Power Suit
November 4, 2011
She remained always allergic to sanctimony, impatient with convention, honest to the point of impropriety.Dreams of His Mother
May 3, 2011
Humor has given way to humorlessness, sarcasm to sanctimony, irony to invective.Obama's No Gangster, Bachmann
March 7, 2011
We at The Daily Beast seek to provide a counterweight to all this sanctimony.Extremely Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide
The Daily Beast
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.Goodfellas Turns 20
September 21, 2010
The least that can be said is, that it invests the sanctimony of marriage with the air of an illicit amour.
The ecclesiastical93 monitor, from spur to plume a star of sanctimony, was called the chaplain.The Army Mule and Other War Sketches
Henry A. Castle
Word Origin and History for sanctimony
1530s, from Middle French sanctimonie, from Latin sanctimonia "sacredness, holiness, virtuousness," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)).