from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Feigned piety or righteousness; hypocritical devoutness or high-mindedness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hypocritical form of excessive piety, considered to be an affectation merely for public show.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Holiness; devoutness; scrupulous austerity; sanctity; especially, outward or artificial saintliness; assumed or pretended holiness; hypocritical devoutness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Piety; devoutness; scrupulous austerity; sanctity.
- n. The external appearance of devoutness; labored show of goodness; affected or hypocritical devoutness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being hypocritically devout
Obsolete French sanctimonie, from Latin sānctimōnia, sacredness, from sānctus, holy; see sanctify.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sānctimōnia ("sanctity, sacredness; purity, chastity"), from sanctus ("holy") + -monia ("action or result of an action"). (Wiktionary)