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Monday, June 06, 2011

Definitions for pecksniffian

  1. Hypocritically and smugly affecting benevolence or high moral principles.

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Citations for pecksniffian
With such departing words, did this strong minded female paralyze the Pecksniffian energies; and so she swept out of the room, and out of the house, attended her daughters, who, as with one accord, elevated their three noses in the air, and joined in a contemptuous titter. Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Volume 1
The men who do things in the world, the men worthy of admiration and imitation, are men constitutionally incapable of any such pecksniffian stupidity. H. L. Mencken, Damn! A Book of Calumny
Origin of pecksniffian
1850-1855
Pecksniffian is named after Seth Pecksniff, a character in "Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel" (1843), by Charles Dickens.
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