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holier-than-thou

[hoh-lee-er-th uh n-th ou] /ˈhoʊ li ər ðənˈðaʊ/
adjective
1.
obnoxiously pious; sanctimonious; self-righteous.
noun
2.
a person who is obnoxiously pious or self-righteous.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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Word Origin and History for holier than thou

holier-than-thou

as an adjectival phrase in reference to supercilious sanctimony attested by 1888, American English. The text is in Isaiah lxv:5.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for holier than thou

holier-than-thou

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Condescending; thinking one is superior to others: holier-than-thou attitude gains him no friends


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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