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.
Falsely moralistic; hypocritical; insincere.
Hypocritically benevolent; sanctimonious.
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).