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Everyone is tired of her sanctimonious attitude.
  acting morally superior to others
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This is often described as acting "holier-than-thou" or "self-righteous". It is always used with a negative connotation. It may mean, for example, that a woman acting sanctimoniously towards a man does not generally behave more morally than he does. Or it may mean that it is obnoxious to point to any difference in behavior. For example, in the Christian tradition all people are thought to have equal human dignity and to be equivalently imperfect and in the eyes of God. For one person to act morally superior to another is considered pretentious.

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  • Everyone is tired of her sanctimonious attitude.
  • You do not advance our cause by sanctimoniously refusing to compromise.
  • a sickening sanctimonious smile
  • You come in here with your sanctimonious talk about slum kids and injustice, and you make up some wild stories, and all of a sudden you start getting through to some of these old ladies in here.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men

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  • ..., take my daughter: but
    If thou dost break her virgin knot before
    All sanctimonious ceremonies may
    With full and holy rite be minister’d,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • Landers was offering her a way out, and she had to go all sanctimonious.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • Desperate, I knew I was taking a risk, but it was one that seemed minimized if I could cast over it a modest halo of sanctimony.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It’s the carpets that do it to me, the hush, the sanctimoniousness of it all: galleries are too much like churches, there’s too much reverence, you feel there should be some genuflecting going on.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "There’s a process for all of this," the woman replied sanctimoniously.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • His frog-like face grew calmer, and even took on a slightly sanctimonious expression.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • Whenever Walt McCandless, in his stern fashion, would dispense a fatherly admonishment to Chris, Carine, or their half siblings, Chris would fixate on his father’s own less than sterling behavior many years earlier and silently denounce him asa. sanctimonious hypocrite.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Nurse Cramer was there, though, and sizzled with sanctimonious anger like a damp firecracker.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Yes, Mas’r," said Topsy, with sanctimonious gravity, her wicked eyes twinkling as she spoke.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • If thou cost break her virgin knot before all sanctimonious ceremonies may with full and holy rite 
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "You sanctimonious bas-" Chartrand cut him down with three bullets.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was donned in his Sunday garments, with his most sanctimonious and sourest face, and, holding his hat in one hand, and his stick in the other, he proceeded to clean his shoes on the mat.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Those who had been frowning now murmured in agreement, but it was the sight of Percy’s sanctimonious little nod that goaded Harry into speech.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Many of them are sincere, and nearer to the gate of heaven than sanctimonious Mr. Pike, and other long-faced Christians, who see wounded Samaritans, and pass by on the other side.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • What about sanctimonious Cromwell and his ironsides that put the women and children of Drogheda to the sword with the bible text God is love pasted round the mouth of his cannon?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • All the sanctimonious cuss wants anyway is somebody that can sing alto out of a Presbyterian hymnbook, where even the good Lord Himself couldn’t squeeze in any music.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Tut—tut—tut—sanctimoniousness and stock phrases!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • So "saving Ira Hayes" through the "Ira Hayes Fund" became the Sun-Times’s sanctimonious mission.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Victory, which would have made the English sanctimonious, made them aggressive.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Thou concludest like the sanctimonious pirate that went to sea with the ten commandments, but scraped one out of the table.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Beware the sanctimonious intellect in any phase of this business.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Only so much; the sanctimonious bromides about still being alive grew stale and bitter with time.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • "Sweating sanctimonious bully—my husband’s uncle!" thought Carol.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I had been called sanctimonious by every person who had ever known me well and for good reason.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • (Even Buddhism has lately suffered this degradation, in reaction to the lessons of the West.) The universal triumph of the secular state has thrown all religious organizations into such a definitely secondary, and finally ineffectual, position that religious pantomime is hardly more today than a sanctimonious exercise for Sunday morning, whereas business ethics and patriotism stand for the remainder of the week.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Beware the sanctimonious reformer.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Keep yer judgments and sanctimony.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Reece shifted her weight, and her usual sanctimonious expression returned.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • That guy just looks so sanctimonious to me now .’ His voice had developed a sudden watery tremble.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • But it was precisely their conformism, their transparent sanctimoniousness, that exasperated Yurii Andreievich.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Nothing would please our sanctimonious British public more than to throw the whole guilt of Mrs Warren’s profession on Mrs Warren herself.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • That indifference arose in part from the sanctimony of the moralizers.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He seemed to take a great satisfaction in Valentin’s interview with the cure, and yet his conversation did not at all indicate a sanctimonious habit of mind.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Snobby Price, beaming sanctimoniously, and Jenny Hill, with a tambourine full of coppers, come from the shelter and go to the drum, on which Jenny begins to count the money.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • I don’t want to sound sanctimonious or syrupy, but for the past seven years I’ve been doing full-time customer service for Craigslist, interacting with thousands of people.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • A little boy with a sanctimonious face had taken the bit of celery and knelt down on the floor; there was scrambling about and increasing laughter until Dr. Strickland made himself heard in the room.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • They fought with Cromwell—some of them; they came over and robbed the Indians in true sanctimonious fashion, and persecuted the Quakers; and down the line a bit I get some Quaker blood that stood for its beliefs in the stocks, and sacrificed its ears for what it thought right.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Sir, his wife, some two months since, fled from his house: her pretence is a pilgrimage to Saint Jaques-le-Grand: which holy undertaking with most austere sanctimony she accomplished; and, there residing, the tenderness of her nature became as a prey to her grief; in fine, made a groan of her last breath; and now she sings in heaven.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Well, I certainly don’t," said Percy sanctimoniously.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Sanctimonious.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Don’t you think I know what them sanctimonious folks like your daddy say about me?"
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • But there was an immense power in my sanctimony that lent a certain trembling credence to my outbursts.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • This seemed to be meant as a sanctimonious gesture of righteousness, as if the obscenity were a teenage girl’s bare flesh rather than her bleeding corpse.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He’s the original sanctimonious deacon.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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