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Definition acting morally superior to others
  • Everyone is tired of her sanctimonious attitude.
sanctimonious = acting morally superior to others
  • You do not advance our cause by sanctimoniously refusing to compromise.
  • a sickening sanctimonious smile
  • ...Leon's voice droned on sanctimoniously.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • sanctimoniously = acting morally superior
  • ..., 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
  • sanctimonious = holy
  • 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
  • sanctimonious = acting morally superior to others
  • Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched.
    Thomas Jefferson
  • All sanctimonious ceremonies may
    Shakespeare, William  --  Tempest
  • Who is that spider-legged gorilla yonder with the sanctimonious countenance?
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • Thou conclud'st like the sanctimonious pirate that went to
    Shakespeare, William  --  Measure for Measure
  • So "saving Ira Hayes" through the "Ira Hayes Fund" became the Sun-Times's sanctimonious mission.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Only so much; the sanctimonious bromides about still being alive grew stale and bitter with time.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • But it was precisely their conformism, their transparent sanctimoniousness, that exasperated Yurii Andreievich.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • Victory, which would have made the English sanctimonious, made them aggressive.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • His frog-like face grew calmer, and even took on a slightly sanctimonious expression.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • 'If thou cost break her virgin knot before all sanctimonious ceremonies may with full and holy rite ...'
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Beware the sanctimonious intellect in any phase of this business.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "There's a process for all of this," the woman replied sanctimoniously.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Nurse Cramer was there, though, and sizzled with sanctimonious anger like a damp firecracker.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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