odour of sanctity


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odour of sanctity

n
derogatory sanctimoniousness
[C18: originally, the sweet smell said to be exhaled by the bodies of dead saints]
References in classic literature ?
No,--I exaggerate; I never thought there was any consecrating virtue about her: it was rather a sort of pastille perfume she had left; a scent of musk and amber, than an odour of sanctity.
The various apparitions and supernatural phenomena she describes, such as bilocation, luminosity, levitation, odour of sanctity, and the stigmata, while not necessary articles of faith for Catholics, often serve to enhance one's belief.
This procedure is always accompanied by an odour of sanctity.