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Righteousness accompanied by an unwarranted attitude of moral or social superiority; smug or hypocritical righteousness.
[Obsolete French sanctimonie, from Latin sānctimōnia, sacredness, from sānctus, holy; see sanctify.]
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sanc•ti•mo•ny(ˈsæŋk təˌmoʊ ni)
1. pretended, affected, or hypocritical religious devotion, righteousness, etc.
2. Obs. sanctity; sacredness.
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|Noun||1.||sanctimony - the quality of being hypocritically devout|
hypocrisy - insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
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