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 sanctimonious; from 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