- affected piety or righteousness; religious hypocrisy
- Obs. sanctity
Origin of sanctimonyOld French sanctimonie ; from Classical Latin sanctimonia ; from sanctus, holy: see saint
Righteousness accompanied by an unwarranted attitude of moral or social superiority; smug or hypocritical righteousness.
Origin of sanctimonyObsolete French sanctimonie, from Latin sanctim&omacron;nia, sacredness, from sanctus, holy; see sanctify.