Sanctimony definition

săngktə-mōnē
Affected piety or righteousness; religious hypocrisy.
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Righteousness accompanied by an unwarranted attitude of moral or social superiority; smug or hypocritical righteousness.
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A hypocritical form of excessive piety, considered to be an affectation merely for public show.
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Origin of sanctimony

  • Obsolete French sanctimonie from Latin sānctimōnia sacredness from sānctus holy sanctify

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

  • From Latin sānctimōnia (“sanctity, sacredness; purity, chastity"), from sanctus (“holy") + -monia (“action or result of an action").

    From Wiktionary