sanctimony

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French sanctimonie, from Latin sānctimōnia (sanctity, sacredness; purity, chastity), from sanctus (holy) + -monia (action or result of an action).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsæŋk.tɪˌməʊ.ni/, /ˈsæŋk.təˌməʊ.ni/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsæŋk.tɪˌmoʊ.ni/, /ˈsæŋk.təˌmoʊ.ni/

Noun[edit]

sanctimony (countable and uncountable, plural sanctimonies)

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

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