noun, often capitalized
peck·​sniff·​ery | \ ˈpekˌsnifərē \
variants: or pecksniffianism \ pekˈsnifēəˌnizəm \
plural pecksnifferies or pecksniffianisms

Definition of pecksniffery

: the quality or state of being pecksniffian the national pecksniffery— H. L. Mencken

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History and Etymology for pecksniffery

pecksniffery from Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin Chuzzlewit (1843–44) by Charles Dickens †1870 English novelist + English -ery; pecksniffianism from pecksniffian + -ism

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“Pecksniffery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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