Definition of sanctimonious in English:

sanctimonious

Line breaks: sanc¦ti|mo¦ni|ous
Pronunciation: /ˌsaŋ(k)tɪˈməʊnɪəs
 
/

adjective

derogatory

Derivatives

sanctimoniously

adverb
More example sentences
  • But bearing witness risks being a self-regarding gesture aimed at sanctimoniously demonstrating one's moral superiority - akin to the self-regarding ‘innocence’ of Bertolucci's protagonists.
  • The newspaper sanctimoniously condemned the slightest failure on the part of the White House to divulge details of the president's sex life or to produce documents on a 20-year-old failed real estate investment.
  • Some of the explorers died during subsequent skirmishes, but in nothing like the numbers of the natives who suffered from introduced scourges like syphilis, which the French and the British always sanctimoniously blamed on each other.

sanctimoniousness

noun
More example sentences
  • The Anglican Consultative Council has issued a statement on the divestment controversy which achieves a truly egregious conflation of sanctimoniousness, disingenuousness and sheer moral humbug.
  • Yet he said, with a Kafkaesque sanctimoniousness, that he had promised his mother he would make it through to this trial so that he could tell the truth to the parents about their daughters' deaths.
  • Having stayed in this land of elephants and snake charmers for twenty years now, I've become used to this inane exposition of sanctimoniousness.

sanctimony

Pronunciation: /ˈsaŋ(k)tɪməni/
noun
More example sentences
  • Ah, the joys of Washington: that wonderful city where sanctimony and intellectual dishonesty are treated like virtues instead of vices.
  • Take a random sample of the furore about drugs in sport, and you will usually find that it tests positive for sanctimony, with a heavy dose of double standards and traces of high-grade idiocy on all sides.
  • During the heyday of British colonialism, Rudyard Kipling's ‘Take up the white man's burden’ was an unambiguous expression of the patronising sanctimony that pervaded European thinking towards the peoples of Asia and Africa.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'holy in character'): from Latin sanctimonia 'sanctity' (from sanctus 'holy') + -ous.

More definitions of sanctimonious

Definition of sanctimonious in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw