from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Hypocritically benevolent; sanctimonious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characteristic of or resembling Pecksniff, one of the characters in Dickens's “Martin Chuzzlewit,” characterized by an ostentatious hypocritical display of benevolence or high principle.
After Seth Pecksniff, a character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel by Charles Dickens.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)