- making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, etc.: They resented his sanctimonious comments on immorality in America.
- Obsolete. holy; sacred.
Origin of sanctimonious
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- affecting piety or making a display of holiness
Word Origin for sanctimonious
C17: from Latin sanctimonia sanctity, from sanctus holy
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Word Origin and History for unsanctimonious
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