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sanctimonious

Definition:

excessively or hypocritically pious

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

sanctimoniously

Comparative:

more sanctimonious

Superlative:

most sanctimonious

Similar to:

pious

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

a sickening sanctimonious smile

Etymology:

(in "Measure for Measure", with the disparaging sense), from sanctimony...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

sanctimonious | sanctimoniously [adverb, derived]

affecting piety or making a display of holiness (8 of 392 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sanctimonious

Wikipedia:

Self-righteousness | sanctimoniousness | sententiousness | holier-than-thou attitudes

a feeling or display of moral superiority derived from a sense that one's beliefs, actions, or affiliations are of greater virtue than those of the average person. The term "self-righteous" is often considered derogatory particularly because ... (36 of 364 words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

sanctimonious | sanctimoniously [derived] | sanctimoniousness [derived] | sanctimony [derived]

Syllabification: (sanc·ti·mo·ni·ous) | [insulting] | making a show of being morally superior to other people (13 of 77 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/sanctimonious

sanctimonious [insulting] | sanctimoniously [derived] | sanctimoniousness [derived] | sanctimony [derived]

making a show of being morally superior to other people (10 of 74 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sanctimonious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sanctimonious [showing disapproval] | sanctimoniously [adverb, related] | sanctimoniousness [noun, uncountable, related]

used for describing someone who tries to show that they have better moral or religious principles than other people (19 of 58 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sanctimonious

Merriam-Webster:

sanctimonious | holy [synonym, sense-specific] | sanctimoniously [adverb, related] | sanctimoniousness [noun, related]

hypocritically pious or devout | [obsolete] possessing sanctity; "holy" (8 of 48 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sanctimonious

American Heritage Dictionary:

sanctimonious | sanctimoniously [adverb, related] | sanctimoniousness [noun, related]

Feigning piety or righteousness (4 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sanctimonious

Random House Dictionary:

sanctimonious

making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, etc.. | [obsolete] holy; sacred. (13 of 28 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/sanctimonious

Cambridge Dictionary:

sanctimonious [formal disapproving] | sanctimoniously [adverb, derived] | sanctimoniousness [noun, derived]

acting as if morally better than others (7 of 26 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sanctimonious

Wiktionary:

sanctimonious

Making a show of being morally better than others, especially hypocritically pious. | [archaic] Holy, devout. (15 of 25 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sanctimonious

New World Dictionary:

sanctimonious | sanctimoniously [adverb, related] | sanctimoniousness [noun, related]

pretending to be very holy or pious; affecting sanctity or righteousness (11 of 22 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sanctimonious

Encarta Dictionary:

sanctimonious

making an exaggerated show of holiness or moral superiority (9 of 41 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701075​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

sanctimonious

First use: about 1600

Origin: (in "Measure for Measure", with the disparaging sense), from sanctimony "holiness of life and character" (1530s), from Middle French ... (21 of 45 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=sanctimonious

Oxford Dictionary:

sanctimonious

First use: early 17th century

Origin: (in the sense "holy in character"): from Latin sanctimonia "sanctity" (from sanctus "holy") + "-ous"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/sanctimonious

Collins Dictionary:

sanctimonious

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin sanctimonia sanctity, from sanctus holy

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sanctimonious

Wiktionary:

sanctimonious

Origin: sanctimony + -ous

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sanctimonious

sanctimony

Origin: Latin sānctimōnia ("sanctity, sacredness; purity, chastity"), from sanctus ("holy") + -monia ("action or result of an action").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sanctimony

-ous

Origin: Old French -ous and -eux, from Latin -ōsus ("full, full of").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ous

New World Dictionary:

sanctimonious

Origin: "sanctimony" + "-ous"

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sanctimony

Origin: Old French sanctimonie from Latin sanctimonia from sanctus, holy: see "saint"

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-ous

Origin: Middle English from Latin -us and Old French -ous, -eus, from Latin -osus

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Encarta Dictionary:

sanctimonious

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Latin sanctimonia "sanctity" from sanctus "holy"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861701075​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

sanctimonious

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sanctimonious"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sanctimonious

Macmillan British Dictionary:

sanctimonious [showing disapproval]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "sanctimonious"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/sanctimonious

Macmillan American Dictionary:

sanctimonious [showing disapproval]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sanctimonious"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/sanctimonious

Cambridge Dictionary:

sanctimonious [formal disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "sanctimonious"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "sanctimonious"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sanctimonious

the Free Dictionary:

sanctimonious

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sanctimonious"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sanctimonious"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "sanctimonious" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

sanctimonious

Audio: English pronunciation of "sanctimonious"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

sanctimonious

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sanctimonious"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sancti​04 word=sanctimonious

YourDictionary Audio:

sanctimonious

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "sanctimonious" by speech synthesizer

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