holier-than-thou

[ hoh-lee-er-thuh n-th ou ]SEE DEFINITION OF holier-than-thou
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I've watched the lot of you Cavendishes, with yer stuck-up 'holier-than-thou' ways.

But I don't want you to think you can get away with any holier-than-thou stuff.

There's going to be one house in this scandal-mongering town to-night that isn't going to spring the holier-than-thou.

To one who goes to Spain in the holier-than-thou attitude, she is dumb and repellent,—she who can be so eloquent!

Happily the generations of cant and holier-than-thou are passing, and we are looking history more honestly in the face.

This has been tried out successfully in many industrial enterprises, with happy surprise for the holier-than-thou skeptics.

There was no assumption of godliness nor conceit, no holier-than-thou smirk about the child.

I don't want your pity or your charity or any of your holier-than-thou butting in—all I want's just to be let alone.

She shrank from the holier-than-thou attitude; yet to remain quiet might be taken as approval.

WORD ORIGIN

as an adjectival phrase in reference to supercilious sanctimony attested by 1888, American English. The text is in Isaiah lxv:5.

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