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Making a show of being morally superior to other people.‘what happened to all the sanctimonious talk about putting his family first?’
self-righteous, holier-than-thou, churchy, pious, pietistic, moralizing, unctuous, smug, superior, priggish, mealy-mouthed, hypocritical, insincere, for form's sake, to keep up appearancesgoody-goody, pireligiose, pharisaic, pharisaical, tartuffianView synonyms
- ‘But we don't need the sanctimonious scolding of a student newspaper editor to tell us voting for a party, any party, is a manifestation of our stupidity and ignorance.’
- ‘There has been a massive growth in recent years of a new type of Irish person - the smug, sanctimonious person who has just moved from a city to what he or she considers the countryside.’
- ‘But with this aid went a lot of sanctimonious preaching about the superiority of the American way of life.’
- ‘If it is, then his comeback should be welcomed, because he does have an opportunity to do something positive, even against the inevitable background of sanctimonious and hypocritical noise.’
- ‘Sadly this tone of sanctimonious self-righteousness characterises much of the exhibition.’
- ‘Many of us have tired of his sanctimonious, smug condescension.’
- ‘From my experience, hostility coming from the Left is a direct response to the sanctimonious, oppressive dogma and bigotry that emanates from the political Right.’
- ‘Never sanctimonious or smug, his art seems founded on a sense of rectitude.’
- ‘Even jogging, while seemingly harmless, has encouraged damp, smelly and sanctimonious people to stride down our streets with grinning notions of moral superiority.’
- ‘Fairytales were always a bit of a swindle, bribing us with happy endings to accept their sanctimonious morality.’
- ‘How dare a midwife behave in such a sanctimonious and self-righteous manner.’
- ‘The most common line of attack from these sanctimonious scribes is that the Catholic Church is not a democracy and that so-called a la carte Catholics should get out of the church.’
- ‘She somehow fails to mention that his massive highway projects enabled the sanctimonious suburbanites to get out of the city and into the suburbs in the first place.’
- ‘I didn't want it to be this sanctimonious, preachy thing.’
- ‘Don't give me your sanctimonious, holier-than-thou speech about drinking.’
- ‘Lest I be further accused of being sanctimonious or self-righteous, I confess I am no model of student participation.’
- ‘The priests and priestesses are pious, sanctimonious bastards.’
- ‘She did not question the fact that the film was intended to portray a truth about sanctimonious priests posing as the saviours of a religious heritage.’
- ‘For example, sanctimonious relief initially greeted a survey that showed the model republic to have got its best support in the referendum from voters in the more affluent urban neighbourhoods.’
- ‘The themes of the film are worn on its striped, embroidered sleeve, and often the script gets preachy with its sanctimonious moralizing.’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘holy in character’): from Latin sanctimonia sanctity (from sanctus holy) + -ous.
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