[ UK /sˌɑːnktɪmˈə‍ʊnɪəs/ ]
[ US /ˌsæŋktəˈmoʊniəs/ ]
  1. excessively or hypocritically pious
    a sickening sanctimonious smile
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How To Use sanctimonious In A Sentence

  • Again, he pours scorn on racialist mythology but, in his steadfastly conservative way, refuses to become histrionically sanctimonious on the matter, preferring studied contempt to self-promoting outrage.
  • Barry isn't exactly what you would call sanctimonious," admitted the lawyer, with a dry smile. Viola Gwyn
  • So we figured out he had a wheat allergy, not enough to be called a celiac, but enough so that the irresponsible doctor and/or his sanctimonious nurse who recommended wheat fiber pills ought to be taken out and whipped! Fisking Repovich and Peterson | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.
  • American television and cinema to my recollection has always featured sanctimonious public preachifying, to the extent that Eastwood mocks this rift in the American consciousness in “High Plains Drifter.” Fundamentalist obsession with the Crucifixion (Why are some people obsessed with the Crucifixion?, pt. 2)
  • A pretty good defence mechanism is to be open - but also, I think, without being too priggish and sanctimonious, it's a kind of responsibility if you're in public life.
  • Occasionally, for my benefit, she would recall sanctimonious preachers who would dismiss three quarters of the world's people as ignorant heathens doomed to spend the afterlife in eternal damnation ¾ and who in the next breath would insist that the earth and the heavens had been created in seven days, all geologic and astrophysical evidence to the contrary. Greg Barrett: Obama's speech bridges the Abrahamic faiths
  • If only our leaders could direct similar invective towards gobby, sanctimonious pop stars. Times, Sunday Times
  • The media relentlessly trashes this woman and her family every single day for a over a year and then sanctimoniously reports that her approval rating is dipping. CNN Poll: Favorable view of Palin dipping
  • But with this aid went a lot of sanctimonious preaching about the superiority of the American way of life.
  • The same Democrat party that nurtured and defended slavery for over a hundred years is now sanctimoniously admonishing a Republican, whose party had fought slavery throughout this nation's history, because the man said something stupid. DNC: Barbour 'defended the indefensible'
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