from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Feigned piety or righteousness; hypocritical devoutness or high-mindedness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hypocritical form of excessive piety, considered to be an affectation merely for public show.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Holiness; devoutness; scrupulous austerity; sanctity; especially, outward or artificial saintliness; assumed or pretended holiness; hypocritical devoutness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Piety; devoutness; scrupulous austerity; sanctity.
  • n. The external appearance of devoutness; labored show of goodness; affected or hypocritical devoutness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being hypocritically devout


Obsolete French sanctimonie, from Latin sānctimōnia, sacredness, from sānctus, holy; see sanctify.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sānctimōnia ("sanctity, sacredness; purity, chastity"), from sanctus ("holy") + -monia ("action or result of an action"). (Wiktionary)



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