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  • adj. comparative form of holy: more holy; more sacred.
  • adj. comparative form of holey: more holey; more full of holes.


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  • Mr. Anderson was also bugged by what he describes as the holier-than-thou attitude typified by Critical Mass, a monthly gathering of bikers who coast through the city, snarling traffic for hours.

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  • In recent years, social psychologists have begun to study what they call the holier-than-thou effect.


  • Do you think these irrelevant standards are applied any where other than in "holier than thou" America?

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  • CHETRY: Well, we've all heard the phrase holier than thou but how hard is it to live exactly the way the bible says you should?

    CNN Transcript Oct 11, 2007

  • There was room in its wide expanse for the gathering of a household about the fire; its embrace was the embrace of love; and it was the type and model of those venerable and hallowed places which have given to the English language a word holier even than "Home," since that word is "Hearth."

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  • So Monday I go to the Registro Publico with my documents and my real estate attorney to pay the transfer taxes get my escrituras without the high falutin ', holier than thou Notario Tramposo.

    a Notario is not God

  • If there’s a certain holier-than-thou purity to my sentiments, it’s true.

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  • There is no voice transcending the sounds of war, and there must not be such a voice -- nor is there any call holier than the call to war.

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  • The nearer they brought him to a disembodied spirit by meagre diet, the holier should be his prayers in their behalf.

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  • As a rule, people tend to rate themselves as more virtuous than the next guy, a finding psychologists call the holier-than-thou effect.

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