American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Feigning piety or righteousness: "a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg that looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity” ( Mark Twain).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious.
- Making a show of sanctity; affecting the appearance of sanctity.
- adj. Making a show of being morally better than others, especially hypocritically pious.
- adj. archaic Holy, devout.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Possessing sanctimony; holy; sacred; saintly.
- adj. Making a show of sanctity; affecting saintliness; hypocritically devout or pious.
- adj. excessively or hypocritically pious
- sanctimony + -ous (Wiktionary)
“You refer to the sanctimonious speech by Obama in Cairo two years ago.”
“Such criticism, though a bit sanctimonious, is reasonably well grounded: in the years since an ailing Yeltsin appointed him Russia's president, on December 31, 1999, Putin has in numerous ways tried to reassert Kremlin control over the country.”
“The low point of self defeating activism came at a Radio City Music Hall fundraiser at which Chevy Chase said the president had the intellect of an "egg timer" John Mellencamp called Bush a "cheap thug" and Meryl Streep, in a performance that brings new meaning to the word sanctimonious, belittled the president's faith.”
“Lenz case so "sanctimonious" -- and dishonest -- as to suggest that he has never read the YouTube Terms of Service or discerned why a lawyer should not shriek that corporations "flout" their legal obligations by hiring third-parties who specialize in executing those legal obligations (p. 169-170).”
“Then, when it’s proven once again, we sit back in sanctimonious self-righteousness shocked, absolutely shocked, about humankind’s venality.”
“Occasionally, for my benefit, she would recall sanctimonious preachers who would dismiss three quarters of the world's people as ignorant heathens doomed to spend the afterlife in eternal damnation ¾ and who in the next breath would insist that the earth and the heavens had been created in seven days, all geologic and astrophysical evidence to the contrary.”
“Occasionally, for my benefit, she would recall the sanctimonious preachers who would dismiss three-quarters of the world's people as ignorant heathens doomed to spend the afterlife in eternal damnation-and who in the same breath would insist that the earth and the heavens had been created in seven days, all geologic and astrophysical evidence to the contrary.”
“Barry isn't exactly what you would call sanctimonious," admitted the lawyer, with a dry smile.”
“Before his marriage, Mr. Weld lodged, on principle, in a colored family in New York, even submitting to the inconvenience of having no heat in his room in winter, and bearing with singular charity and patience what Sarah calls the sanctimonious pride and Pharisaical aristocracy of his hosts.”
“Mr Bercow was once dubbed a "sanctimonious dwarf" by Simon Burns, the health minister.”
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