Pecksniffian

Pecksniffian

[pek-snif-ee-uhn]
adjective (often lowercase)
hypocritically and unctuously affecting benevolence or high moral principles.
Also, Pecksniffish.


Origin:
1850–55; named after Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel (1843) by Dickens; see -ian

Pecksniffery, Pecksniffianism, Pecksniffism, noun
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Pecksniffian (pɛkˈsnɪfɪən)
 
adj
affecting benevolence or high moral principles
 
[C19: after Seth Pecksniff, character in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit (1843)]

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Pecksniffian
1851, after Mr. Pecksniff, unctuous hypocrite in Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit" (1844).
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