sanctimoniousness


sanctimoniousness

adjective

  1. making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, etc.: They resented his sanctimonious comments on immorality in America.
  2. Obsolete. holy; sacred.

adjective

  1. affecting piety or making a display of holiness

adj.c.1600 (in “Measure for Measure,” with the disparaging sense “making a show of sanctity, affecting an appearance of holiness”), from sanctimony + -ous. The un-ironic, literal sense was used occasionally in English from c.1600 to c.1800. Related: Sanctimoniously; sanctimoniousness.

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