Definition of Sanctimony

1. Noun. The quality of being hypocritically devout.

Exact synonyms: Sanctimoniousness
Generic synonyms: Hypocrisy
Derivative terms: Sanctimonious, Sanctimonious



Definition of Sanctimony

1. n. Holiness; devoutness; scrupulous austerity; sanctity; especially, outward or artificial saintliness; assumed or pretended holiness; hypocritical devoutness.

Definition of Sanctimony

1. Noun. A hypocritical form of excessive piety, considered to be an affectation merely for public show. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sanctimony

1. [n -NIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sanctimony

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

Literary usage of Sanctimony

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

1. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers (1850)
"[Hypocritical sanctimony.'] Bodily abstinence, joined with a demure, affected countenance, is often called and accounted piety and mortification. ..."

2. The Christian Remembrancer by William Scott (1853)
"In Othello, we find a suggestion of lago's, which has hitherto been hopelessly obscure, made plain by the alteration of a word: —' If sanctimony and a frail ..."

3. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers (1850)
"[Hypocritical sanctimony.'] Bodily abstinence, joined with a demure, affected countenance, is often called and accounted piety and mortification. ..."

4. The Christian Remembrancer by William Scott (1853)
"In Othello, we find a suggestion of lago's, which has hitherto been hopelessly obscure, made plain by the alteration of a word: —' If sanctimony and a frail ..."

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