holier–than–thou

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adjective ho·li·er–than–thou \ˌhō-lē-ər-thən-ˈthau̇\

Definition of holier–than–thou

  1. :  marked by an air of superior piety or morality

1859

First Known Use of holier–than–thou

1859


HOLIER–THAN–THOU Defined for English Language Learners

holier–than–thou

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adjective ho·li·er–than–thou \ˌhō-lē-ər-thən-ˈthau̇\

Definition of holier–than–thou for English Language Learners

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


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