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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Pecksniffery; unctuously hypocritical; sanctimonious.


Derived from the character Seth Pecksniff in the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1843). (Wiktionary)


  • Yes, another of 2007's reigning words, "pecksniffian" can accurately describe certain elements of our wonderful community.

    Paige Donner: W00t! W00t! W00t!

  • If we could have more of this pecksniffian garble it enhance the whiff of sanctimony that rises from these eructations like fumes from a distant latrine.

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  • Labels: Chaucer, Merriam-Webster, pecksniffian, safire, w00t posted by John McGrath @ 1: 47 AM


  • Labels: Chaucer, Merriam-Webster, pecksniffian, safire, w00t posted by John McGrath @ 1: 47 AM 7 Comments

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • At all events, Philadelphia is the most pecksniffian of American cities, and thus probably leads the world.

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  • The men who do things in the world, the men worthy of admiration and imitation, are men constitutionally incapable of any such pecksniffian stupidity.

    Damn! A Book of Calumny

  • In the face of contemporary pecksniffian anaesthesia we'll erect a whole gallery of forebears, heros who carried on the struggle against bad consciousness but still knew how to party, a genial gene pool, a rare and difficult category to define, great minds not just for Truth but for the truth of pleasure, serious but not sober, whose sunny disposition makes them not sluggish but sharp, brilliant but not tormented.


  • It’s hard to envisage a more contemptible, pecksniffian, anti-Christian act, but I expect the scelestious Bird-Patterson duo will find one.

    The Diocese of Niagara sinks to newly plumbed depths of infamy « Anglican Samizdat


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