sanc·​ti·​mo·​ny | \ ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-ˌmō-nē How to pronounce sanctimony (audio) \
plural sanctimonies

Definition of sanctimony

1 obsolete : holiness
2 : affected or hypocritical holiness

Examples of sanctimony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Top-down, COP-style climate sanctimony is a recipe for resentment, rage and resistance. Wal Van Lierop, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 No wonder, then, that Kendall chooses to distract himself with congratulatory tweets and his 15 minutes of grudging goodwill from outside observers, temporarily replacing his coke highs with dopamine rushes of social-media sanctimony. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2021 Taking the aforementioned steps may not be a panacea for white working class alienation, but would go a long way to stopping the sanctimony scam. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 The Zone was meant to step up, not down, to stir thought, to break through tradition and conformity, to punch sacred cows and puncture sanctimony, to praise great performances and criticize lousy ones. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 No sanctimony Other Latter-day Saint athletes had prospered in their sports and been praised far and wide for playing on Sundays. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2021 The result is a story that lets its characters think and speak as people do rather than wreathing them in self-correcting sanctimony. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 14 May 2021 His decision, just twenty years after the Holocaust, to portray Jews in all their human variety, without sanctimony or hesitation, proved gravely offensive to many. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 The sanctimony could perhaps be forgiven if the statement was at least true. Seth Mandel, Washington Examiner, 11 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sanctimony

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanctimony

Middle French sanctimonie, from Latin sanctimonia, from sanctus

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10 Nov 2021

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“Sanctimony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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