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ˌsæŋk təˈmoʊ ni əssanc·ti·mo·nious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. holier-than-thou, pietistic, pietistical, pharisaic, pharisaical, sanctimonious, self-righteousadjective

    excessively or hypocritically pious

    "a sickening sanctimonious smile"


  1. sanctimoniousadjective

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

  2. sanctimoniousadjective

    Holy, devout.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanctimoniousadjective

    possessing sanctimony; holy; sacred; saintly

    Etymology: [See Sanctimony.]

  2. Sanctimoniousadjective

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

    Etymology: [See Sanctimony.]

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  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

Examples of sanctimonious in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, 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.

  2. Mark Twain:

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

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