Pecksniffian meaning

pĕk-snĭfē-ən
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.

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Falsely moralistic; hypocritical; insincere.
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Hypocritically benevolent; sanctimonious.
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Origin of pecksniffian

  • After Seth Pecksniff a character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel by Charles Dickens

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Derived from the character Seth Pecksniff in the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1843).

    From Wiktionary