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But Carter’s sanctimonious moralizing and acknowledgement of national malaise wore thin, and he was booted in favor of a sunny nationalist, Ronald Reagan.
They are left to navigate the whims and interests of self-righteous entities, skeptical about which sides really care about them, knowing that, whatever decision is made, their right to earn will buried beneath a bunch of sanctimonious blather.
Grace Hemingway is often seen as domineering and emasculating; Ernest claimed to hate her for her sanctimonious condemnation of his early fiction, and blamed her for his father’s suicide.
But the good news is, this kind of embarrassment isn’t nearly enough to shake the Fighting Irish’s sanctimonious arrogance.
The siblings here are familiar archetypes, from the sanctimonious, underachieving youngest (Maria Dizzia) to the bossy, manicured oldest (Kate Walsh), with a passive-aggressive academic stuck in the middle (Jeremy Shamos).
Elsewhere, Carol and Morgan woke up to find the Wolfman gone and Denise as his hostage, which would seem to validate Carol’s belief that Morgan’s sanctimonious no-kill policy jeopardizes his comrades.
In keeping with the car's brutal new persona, the replacement chip promises a much less sanctimonious attitude.
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How Shakespeare Used sanctimonious
There's nothing sacred about "sanctimonious"-at least not any more. But in the early 1600s, the English adjective was still sometimes used to describe someone truly holy or pious (a sense that recalls the meaning of the word's Latin parent, sanctimonia). Shakespeare used both the "holy" and "holier-than-thou" senses in his work, referring in The Tempest to the "sanctimonious" (that is, "holy") ceremonies of marriage, and in Measure for Measure to describe "the sanctimonious pirate that went to sea with the Ten Commandments but scraped one out of the table." (Apparently, the pirate found the restriction on stealing a bit too inconvenient.)
First Known Use of sanctimonious
SANCTIMONIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sanctimonious for English Language Learners
: pretending to be morally better than other people
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