Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
self-righteous, holier-than-thou, churchy, pious, pietistic, moralizing, unctuous, smug, superior, priggish, mealy-mouthed, hypocritical, insincere, for form's sake, to keep up appearancesView synonyms
- ‘Yet although Billings was never religiose, the fact that his merry music is dedicated to his God seems to have kept it pristine: whereas the work of the earliest secular composer Broyles examines is mainly of documentary interest.’
- ‘There is none of the religiose sentiment that Europeans have, investing ancient buildings with meaning by dint of age alone.’
- ‘The outer acts are swift and urgent, transcendental but never religiose.’
- ‘That poignancy cannot be recaptured now, and the choreography's mass yearnings and grievings feel uncomfortably religiose.’
- ‘Of course, a reader doesn't have to accept the essays' religiose atmospherics or fabulist presumption to be affected by Berger's tone.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin religiosus, from religio ‘reverence, obligation’.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.