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sanctimony

[sangk-tuh-moh-nee] /ˈsæŋk təˌmoʊ ni/
noun
1.
pretended, affected, or hypocritical religious devotion, righteousness, etc.
2.
Obsolete. sanctity; sacredness.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin sānctimōnia holiness. See Sanctus, -mony
Related forms
nonsanctimony, noun
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  • The greenies are derided for their shrill sanctimony.
  • Thanks for your concern and your sanctimony, but no thanks.
  • Steering clear of stuffiness and sanctimony, it offers something for all members of the family.
  • All counsels of moderation were ignored, as vengefulness, expediency and moral sanctimony combined to impose a vindictive peace.
Word Origin and History for sanctimony
n.

1530s, from Middle French sanctimonie, from Latin sanctimonia "sacredness, holiness, virtuousness," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)).

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