One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who is obsequious or hypocritically pious.
sanctimonious person, pietist, whited sepulchre, plaster saint, humbug, pretender, deceiver, dissembler, impostorView synonyms
- ‘If only the sandals and pistachio-colored shirts could be put in a pile and burnt, and every vegetarian, teetotaler and creeping Jesus sent home to Welwyn Garden City to do his yoga exercises quietly.’
- ‘What sort of person is it who sneers at him as ‘the creeping Jesus of the sandpit’?’
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