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What does "Sanctimonious" mean?

Definition

(a.) Making a show of sanctity; affecting saintliness; hypocritically devout or pious (a.) Possessing sanctimony; holy; sacred; saintly


Synonyms pious, self-righteous, pharisaical, pharisaic, holier-than-thou, pietistic, pietistical


Example: "A sickening sanctimonious smile"


Word Family sanctimoniously, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony