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holier-than-thou

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disapproving having or showing the annoying attitude of people who believe that they are morally better than other people
  • a holier-than-thou attitude

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The first known use of holier-than-thou was in 1859

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“Holier-than-thou.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/holier-than-thou. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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