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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: sanctimony 'sanctimoniousness' (16-21 centuries), from Latin sanctimonia 'holiness', from sanctus; SAINT

sanctimonious

adjective
     
sanc‧ti‧mo‧ni‧ous formal
behaving as if you are morally better than other people, in a way that is annoying - used to show disapproval:
sanctimonious politicians preaching about family values
sanctimoniously adverb
sanctimoniousness noun [uncountable]

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