- The definition of pecksniffian is being hypocritical about moral principles.
An example of pecksniffian is a campaign that appears to appeal ethics and standards but really appeals to peoples' wants and desires.
Origin: after Pecksniff, unctuous hypocrite inch(es) Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit
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Origin: After Seth Pecksniff, a character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel by Charles Dickens.