holier-than-thou

adjective
ho·​li·​er-than-thou | \ ˌhō-lē-ər-t͟hən-ˈt͟hau̇ How to pronounce holier-than-thou (audio) \

Definition of holier-than-thou

: marked by an air of superior piety or morality

First Known Use of holier-than-thou

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Holier-than-thou.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holier-than-thou. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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holier-than-thou

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English Language Learners Definition of holier-than-thou

disapproving : having or showing the annoying attitude of people who believe that they are morally better than other people

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