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).

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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