sanctimony

noun
sanc·​ti·​mo·​ny | \ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-ˌmō-nē \
plural sanctimonies

Definition of sanctimony 

1 obsolete : holiness

2 : affected or hypocritical holiness

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But Gem’s tasting-menu format, with its sombre, methodical coursing, can feel refined to the point of sanctimony. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "A Nineteen-Year-Old Chef Masters the Rules of Fine Dining," 12 Apr. 2018 The rapid team collapse was head-spinning news not only in Australia but also among worldwide fans of cricket, a sport that arrogates to itself a particular moral sanctimony. Damien Cave And Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "Cricket Hero Breaks Down in Tears on TV Over Cheating," 29 Mar. 2018 True believers like Comey are crucial to honest institutions, and sanctimony is a small price to pay for this. T.a. Frank, The Hive, "A Note to Woke Washington: The Bush Administration Was So Much Worse," 4 May 2018 The era of sanctimony has, in the past few years, given way to a dawning skepticism. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Cambridge Analytica and a Moral Reckoning in Silicon Valley," 21 Mar. 2018 There are laughs, but the prevalent tone is one of discreet compassion, without condescension or sanctimony. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film Five must-see heist films," 29 Jan. 2018 Further, the play is all too successful in replicating the sententiousness and sanctimony of recovery jargon, at least as overheard by an outsider. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: The Horror Show of Rehab in ‘People, Places & Things’," 25 Oct. 2017 There is such a quick assumption of ill will and an increasing sanctimony and humorlessness that can often seem inhumane. Dave Eggers, New York Times, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Humanist On and Off the Page," 16 Oct. 2017 No, esteemed language-change denier, I will neither bludgeon you with sanctimony nor shame you with guilt. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, "I’ve Got a Problem: ‘No Problem’," 26 Sep. 2017

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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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