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
But with any luck, it will be a eye-feast of hundreds of thousands of good-humored, well-behaved Americans, there to answer the cynicism of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, at which the notion that the election of a black president somehow sullied the nation's dignity was dressed in sanctimony and a display of patriotism so bombastic that it was almost camp.
Question: Is there any chance — any chance — the Times would not release the tape and publish front-page story after story about the gory details, with the usual accompanying chorus of sanctimony from the oped commentariat?
Smug sanctimony is an interesting disease as those infected usually believe they speak for everyone else and are objective observers.
The poll does ask some loaded questions, but I believe an alarming level of sanctimony is implicit in those answers (Is the US more divided by class than Europe, I think not … are our racial tensions more acute, not even close).
Both the book itself and its reception (as recorded on Amazon. com) expose the sort of pleasure it promotes: that of solidarity in sanctimony.
Behind the sanctimony is a cliché: McDonald's medicine.
I don't know whether the abuse or the sanctimony are the most annoying.
Instead of following this path, Obama has "rebuked his fellow liberals for their 'sanctimony'" and called Republicans "hostage takers."
Moral absolutism carries within it powerful temptations such as sanctimony and grievance.
I see your default setting is still stuck on "sanctimony".