- 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 of Pecksniffianafter Pecksniff, unctuous hypocrite in Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit
Origin of PecksniffianAfter Seth Pecksniff, a character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel by Charles Dickens.
(comparative more pecksniffian, superlative most pecksniffian)
Derived from the character Seth Pecksniff in the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1843).