sanctimonious

[sangk-tuh-moh-nee-uhs]
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.

Origin:
1595–1605; sanctimony + -ous

sanctimoniously, adverb
sanctimoniousness, noun
nonsanctimonious, adjective
nonsanctimoniously, adverb
nonsanctimoniousness, noun
unsanctimonious, adjective
unsanctimoniously, adverb
unsanctimoniousness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To sanctimonious
Collins
World English Dictionary
sanctimonious (ˌsæŋktɪˈməʊnɪəs)
 
adj
affecting piety or making a display of holiness
 
[C17: from Latin sanctimonia sanctity, from sanctus holy]
 
sancti'moniously
 
adv
 
sancti'moniousness
 
n
 
'sanctimony
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

sanctimonious
c.1600 (in "Measure for Measure," with the disparaging sense), from sanctimony "holiness of life and character" (1530s), from M.Fr. sanctimonie, from L. sanctimonia "holiness, virtuousness," from sanctus "holy" (see saint). The un-ironic, literal sense was used occasionally
in English from c.1600 to c.1800. Related: Sanctimoniously.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
It's sanctimonious to highlight your own traditionalism in a speech lauding traditional approaches to information.
If he thinks he's in danger of sounding sanctimonious, he'll suddenly shut up in the middle of a conversation.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature