Definition of Pecksniffian in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɛkˈsnɪfɪən/


Affecting benevolence or high moral principles: he adopted a Pecksniffian tone
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  • The high light was Newton Dodge's repeated assertion, in his usual Pecksniffian manner, that his head had not grown any smaller, he had measured it!.
  • In general, however, this book is free of his usual penchant for Pecksniffian attacks on ‘liberals,’.


Mid 19th century: from Mr Pecksniff, the name of a character in Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, + -ian.

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