(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. pietistic, sacrosanct; self-righteous, holier-than-thou; hypocritical, goody-goody (inf.). See impiety.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. self-righteous, pietistic, hypocritical, holier-than-thou*, goody-goody*; see also hypocritical .
See Synonym Study at religious .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[SANGK tuh MOH nee us]
pretending to be holy and righteous.
We were sick of his sanctimonious preaching and left.
SYN.: self-righteous, holier-than-thou, hypocritical, *up on one's moral soapbox, affected, overpious, unctuous, preachy, *goody-goody, false.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Of or practicing hypocrisy: hypocritical, Peck-sniffian, pharisaic, pharisaical, phony, two-faced. See HONEST.

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