from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Exhibiting an attitude of superior virtue; self-righteously pious.
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- adj. sanctimonious, self-righteously, or hypocritically pious
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. being excessively or hypocritically pious while condemning others as being less virtuous than oneself.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. excessively or hypocritically pious
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These holier-than-thou guardians of free speech are practically creaming with self-righteous glee as they publicly lynch this young woman for saying something dreadfully stupid that she undoubtedly deeply regrets.
So don't give me this high and mighty, holier-than-thou attitude about the special interests flooding the political marketplace.
When defining tourism as 'eco' or 'sustainable' or 'responsible' practitioners often envelop themselves in a holier-than-thou attitude, but it doesn't have to be this way.
But I get frustrated at the holier-than-thou attitude some of the anti-paper crowd tends to take, as if those of us who are sticking to paper are wantonly killing trees with every book with purchase in hard copy.
You really should do something about this holier-than-thou iconoclasm.
If anything, the LGBT community is more in the vanguard of spirituality, the essence of the Good News about love, than the holier-than-thou religious bigots who find some reason to hate their gay neighbor.
Nor did I anticipate the holier-than-thou missive in yesterday's Guardian, or last night's protest outside the Tate Britain summer party.
According to fellow student Cory Baumgarten, "Soon after the prom, Gary and Ann started developing this holier-than-thou attitude, as though they were above us all - almost like they were royalty or something."
The tome, paperback edition of which is out May 11, brings alive a topic that's usually recalled by boomers with a holier-than-thou nostalgia that encourages eye-rolling from anyone under 50.
Less attractive was Mr. Koh's explicit, holier-than-thou distancing in the speech from the policies of his predecessors, even as he opened his remarks by suggesting the difficulties of making legal judgments inside the hothouse of competing public bureaucracies.