When Parker made a huge deal about volunteering at the local food drive, his friends were offended by his sanctimonious attitude.
An example of sanctimonious is someone who always goes on and on about how he does tons of charity work and is such a great person.
- pretending to be holy or pious; affecting sanctity
- self-righteous, smug, etc.
Origin of sanctimoniousfrom sanctimony + -ous
- Behaving with sanctimony: a sanctimonious politician who was proven to be a hypocrite.
- Characterized by sanctimony: “The history we brandish as a light to nations is largely a sanctimonious tissue of myth and self-infatuation” ( Benjamin Schwartz )
(comparative more sanctimonious, superlative most sanctimonious)
sanctimony +"Ž -ous