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nounderisive, rare, slang, humorous, historical
1An extremely devout or sanctimonious person, especially a preacher.
2A person who attends services of more than one Christian denomination, especially the Church of England and either a Nonconformist church or the Roman Catholic Church.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in James Lackington (1746–1815), bookseller and publisher. From devil + dodger.
devil dodger/ˈdɛvl ˌdɒdʒə/
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