holier-than-thou


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ho·li·er-than-thou

(hō′lē-ər-thən-thou′)
adj.
Exhibiting an attitude of superior virtue; self-righteously pious.

ho′lier-than-thou′



adj.
obnoxiously pious; sanctimonious.
[1910–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.holier-than-thou - excessively or hypocritically pious; "a sickening sanctimonious smile"
pious - having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings"

holier-than-thou

adjective self-righteous, smug, sanctimonious, self-satisfied, goody-goody (informal), squeaky-clean, priggish, pietistic, religiose, pietistical those with holier-than-thou attitudes
Translations

holier-than-thou

[ˈhəʊlɪəðənˈðaʊ] ADJ (pej) [attitude, tone of voice] → de superioridad moral
she's always so holier-than-thou about everythingsiempre está dando lecciones de moralidad sobre todo

holier-than-thou

adj attitude, personselbstgerecht, selbstgefällig
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I felt sorry for her as she told Pristine Phil and Holier-Than-Thou Holly, how the only thing good to come out of her behaviour was she got to grace the ITV couch again.
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It's in the garage with dust" Actress Dakota Johnson, star of Fifty Shades of Grey who also said she had taken one of the sex toys used in the film "Few other issues are polluted by so much holier-than-thou, dishonest, smearing cant and political mud slinging" Former newspaper columnist Sir Bernard Ingham on tax avoidance "For the people who are asset-rich and very prosperous a couple of hundred quid a month isn't going to make a difference.
ere is nothing wrong in a bit of naval gazing about the culture, practices and ethics of the press and a more vigorous and vigilant approach from the media in general about stories being obtained through nefarious activity, but what newspaper in the land, including the holier-than-thou Guardian, is going to reject an exclusive story of great public interest - for example allegations of paedophile activities of prominent politicians like the late Cyril Smith - even if obtained by the interception of voice mails?
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