What does sanctimonious mean?

Definitions for sanctimoniousˌsæŋk təˈmoʊ ni əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sanctimonious.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. holier-than-thou, pietistic, pietistical, pharisaic, pharisaical, sanctimonious, self-righteous(adj)

    excessively or hypocritically pious

    "a sickening sanctimonious smile"


  1. sanctimonious(Adjective)

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

  2. sanctimonious(Adjective)

    Holy, devout.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanctimonious(adj)

    possessing sanctimony; holy; sacred; saintly

  2. Sanctimonious(adj)

    making a show of sanctity; affecting saintliness; hypocritically devout or pious

  3. Origin: [See Sanctimony.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanctimonious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanctimonious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    [He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence ... too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.

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