from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Piously sure of one's own righteousness; moralistic.
- adj. Exhibiting pious self-assurance: self-righteous remarks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. piously self-assured and smugly moralistic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Righteous in one's own esteem; pharisaic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Righteous in one's own esteem; pharisaical.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. excessively or hypocritically pious
Becker used the unflattering term "self-righteous" to capture this idea and many times the expression of this is unflattering but it need not be as virtueless as that.
In fact, he don’t know nothing except that Dave Robicheaux, who he called a self-righteous lush, is about to get his wick snuffed.
The insult, which refers to an ancient religious sect but is commonly used to refer to a self-righteous person, sent Martynyuk lunging for his fellow politician, grabbing him by the neck and pushing him to the ground.
This same weekend, at an Iowa "Thanksgiving Family Forum," Newt Gingrich sprayed bile at Occupy Wall Street protesters, denouncing them as lazy thieving self-righteous hypocrites, and instructing them to "go get a job right after you take a bath."
They seem to stand for all I think is wrong with writing about literature, arbitrary disputes laced with hysteria, the creation of pointless ghettos, self-righteous sneering thinly disguised as intellectual superiority, tantrums about issues so unimportant in the global scale of things that I start to wonder myself about the point of what we do.
They're willing to do anything in service to any liberal with money, and then they'll turn around and in self-righteous indignation claim that they have cleaner hands than anybody in the news business who accepts advertising or expresses a point of view.
Frankly, I think they are self-righteous and insulting.
What can anyone say to anything so overtly biased and self-righteous?
In fact it was so much and bold that self-righteous and hypocrite British diplomats with their European colleagues had to leave the room … After all, who controls Banks in Europe and US? what about media?
Perhaps the judgmental and self-righteous among us should place more emphasis on quotations actually attributed to Christ: "Judge not," "Blessed are the peacemakers," "Love your enemies," "Let he without sin cast the first stone."