Definition of Sanctimonious

1. Adjective. Excessively or hypocritically pious. "A sickening sanctimonious smile"




Definition of Sanctimonious

1. a. Possessing sanctimony; holy; sacred; saintly.

Definition of Sanctimonious

1. Adjective. Making a show of being morally better than others, especially hypocritically pious. ¹

2. Adjective. (archaic) Holy, devout. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sanctimonious

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sanctimonious

sancta
sanctifiable
sanctification
sanctifications
sanctified
sanctifier
sanctifiers
sanctifies
sanctifieth
sanctify
sanctifying
sanctifyingly
sanctiloquent
sanctimonial
sanctimonies
sanctimonious (current term)
sanctimoniously
sanctimoniousness
sanctimony
sanction
sanctionable
sanctionary
sanctionative
sanctioned
sanctioning
sanctionless
sanctions
sanctities
sanctitude
sanctitudes

Literary usage of Sanctimonious

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. 'Hail and Farewell!' by George Moore (1912)
"think he lacks the piety of his sisters; he does not produce the word with the admirable unction and sanctimonious grace of Maurice Healey, Ruth Lindsay, ..."

2. Three Years with Counterfeiters, Smug[g]lers, and Boodle Carriers: With by George Pickering Burnham (1875)
"THE sanctimonious. " I do the wrong. The secret mischiefs that I set a-broach, I lay unto the grevious charge of others, But then I sigh, and, ..."

3. General History of the Christian Religion and Church by August Neander, Joseph Torrey (1849)
"... one of the common Pseudo-cynics of the period, who were sanctimonious demagogues,— attempted to stir up the people against the Christians ; and that he ..."

4. The Way of Saint James by Georgiana Goddard King (1920)
"... the extinguished candles and the sanctimonious old women and the pitiful old men, the starched little girls and the bigger girls in white cotton gloves. ..."

5. Revelations of Prison Life: With an Enquiry Into Prison Discipline and by George Laval Chesterton (1856)
"... AND CHANGE FROM PITY TO SEVERITY THE GAROTTE SYSTEM INTRODUCED sanctimonious REPROBATES. THE commission contained the name of an Irish gentleman, ..."

6. Good Old Dorchester: A Narrative History of the Town, 1630-1893 by William Dana Orcutt (1891)
"Another writer calls him " pudding-faced, sanctimonious, and unfeeling." No one, however, seems to question the ..."

7. 'Hail and Farewell!' by George Moore (1912)
"think he lacks the piety of his sisters; he does not produce the word with the admirable unction and sanctimonious grace of Maurice Healey, Ruth Lindsay, ..."

8. Three Years with Counterfeiters, Smug[g]lers, and Boodle Carriers: With by George Pickering Burnham (1875)
"THE sanctimonious. " I do the wrong. The secret mischiefs that I set a-broach, I lay unto the grevious charge of others, But then I sigh, and, ..."

9. General History of the Christian Religion and Church by August Neander, Joseph Torrey (1849)
"... one of the common Pseudo-cynics of the period, who were sanctimonious demagogues,— attempted to stir up the people against the Christians ; and that he ..."

10. The Way of Saint James by Georgiana Goddard King (1920)
"... the extinguished candles and the sanctimonious old women and the pitiful old men, the starched little girls and the bigger girls in white cotton gloves. ..."

11. Revelations of Prison Life: With an Enquiry Into Prison Discipline and by George Laval Chesterton (1856)
"... AND CHANGE FROM PITY TO SEVERITY THE GAROTTE SYSTEM INTRODUCED sanctimonious REPROBATES. THE commission contained the name of an Irish gentleman, ..."

12. Good Old Dorchester: A Narrative History of the Town, 1630-1893 by William Dana Orcutt (1891)
"Another writer calls him " pudding-faced, sanctimonious, and unfeeling." No one, however, seems to question the ..."

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