sanctimonious
[ sangk-tuh-moh-nee-uhs ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Early 17th century; Latin from Latin sanctimonia ‘sanctity’ (from sanctus ‘holy’) + -ous
Synonyms
  • hypocritical
  • insincere
  • pious
  • self-satisfied
  • smug
  • stuffy
Antonyms
  • forthright
  • honest
  • open
Definition
making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness
Example
No one at the church appreciated his sanctimonious comments about immorality in America.
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