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holier-than-thou, pietistic, pietistical, pharisaic, pharisaical, sanctimonious, self-righteousadjective
excessively or hypocritically pious
"a sickening sanctimonious smile"
piously self-assured and smugly moralistic
Self-righteousness, also called sanctimoniousness, sententiousness and holier-than-thou attitudes is a feeling or display of (usually smug) moral superiority derived from a sense that one's beliefs, actions, or affiliations are of greater virtue than those of the average person. Self-righteous individuals are often intolerant of the opinions and behaviors of others. A self-righteous person might also be described as being uninterested in seeking an unselfish or objective standard of right and wrong, independently of how they interact with other people. The term "self-righteous" is often considered derogatory (see, for example, journalist and essayist James Fallows' description of self-righteousness in regard to Nobel Peace Prize winners) particularly because self-righteous individuals are often thought to exhibit hypocrisy due to the belief that humans are imperfect and can therefore never be infallible, an idea similar to that of the Freudian defense mechanism of reaction formation. The connection between self-righteousness and hypocrisy predates Freud's views, however, as evidenced by the 1899 book Good Mrs. Hypocrite by the pseudonymous author "Rita".
righteous in one's own esteem; pharisaic
The numerical value of self-righteous in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of self-righteous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of self-righteous in a Sentence
Social engaged intellectuals must accept reality as they found it and shape it toward positive social goals, not stand aside in self-righteous isolation.
I watch [ Comey ] in the halls of, I think it was in Russell Office Building being so self-righteous I almost wanted to shout,' Where were you when we needed you ?'.
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