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English definition of “sanctimonious”

sanctimonious

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