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sanctimonious

adjective uk   /ˌsæŋk.tɪˈməʊ.ni.əs/  us   /-ˈmoʊ-/ formal disapproving
acting as if morally better than others: sanctimonious religious leaders preaching about morality
sanctimoniously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
sanctimoniousness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
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