Share this entry

Share this page

plaster saint

Syllabification: plas·ter saint

Definition of plaster saint in English:

noun

A person who makes a show of being without moral faults or human weakness, especially in a hypocritical way.
Example sentences
  • We were all trying to be as solicitous of her family as we possibly could, without making her a plaster saint, which is not very realistic.
  • This is absurd, of course, but it is also unfair to Washington, who is less of a plaster saint and therefore more interesting than his biographer makes him out to be.
  • He's no plaster saint (like the rest of us).

Definition of plaster saint in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something