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Pecksniffian

[pek-snif-ee-uh n] /pɛkˈsnɪf i ən/
adjective, (often lowercase)
1.
hypocritically and unctuously affecting benevolence or high moral principles.
Also, Pecksniffish.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; named after Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel (1843) by Dickens; see -ian
Related forms
Pecksniffery, Pecksniffianism, Pecksniffism, noun
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Pecksniffian

/pɛkˈsnɪfɪən/
adjective
1.
affecting benevolence or high moral principles
Word Origin
C19: after Seth Pecksniff, character in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit (1843)
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Word Origin and History for Pecksniffian
adj.

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

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