Sanctimonious

(Latin)

Definition

(adj.) pretending to be righteous


sanctimoniousness (n.)

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Original Sentence #1

The nuns were sanctimonious when it came to teaching care of the body; in fact after every mass they would stand outside of the church for a smoke break.
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Original Sentence #2

The preacher taught such sanctimonious lessons on not committing sin; the next week he was arrested for burglary.

Synonyms

  • hypocritical
  • insincere
  • pious

Antonyms

  • honest
  • sincere
  • forthright