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synonyms for sanctimonious

  • hypocritical
  • insincere
  • pious
  • self-satisfied
  • smug
  • stuffy
  • Pecksniffian
  • bigoted
  • canting
  • deceiving
  • false
  • goody-goody
  • holier-than-thou
  • pharisaical
  • pietistic
  • preachy
  • unctuous
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antonyms for sanctimonious

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  • forthright
  • honest
  • open
  • sincere
  • unsure
  • humble
  • meek
  • modest
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How to use sanctimonious in a sentence

My son's father-in-law told me, in a text message to a family group, to “not be so sanctimonious.”
CAROLYN HAX: SON’S FATHER-IN-LAW CALLED YOUR COVID ADVICE ‘SANCTIMONIOUS.’ HOW TO RESPOND?CAROLYN HAXJUNE 17, 2021WASHINGTON POST
I suspect other people in the group may see him as sanctimonious, too.
CAROLYN HAX: SON’S FATHER-IN-LAW CALLED YOUR COVID ADVICE ‘SANCTIMONIOUS.’ HOW TO RESPOND?CAROLYN HAXJUNE 17, 2021WASHINGTON POST
This contriver of miracles, of a countenance at once sanctimonious, artful and sly, preceded other prelates carrying banners.
THE PILGRIM'S SHELL OR FERGAN THE QUARRYMANEUGNE SUE
Just keep up your sanctimonious appearance and stick to your Deacon story, and you'll git off.
SI KLEGG, BOOK 2 (OF 6)JOHN MCELROY
If he was remorseful, so was she; she never wanted to see his sanctimonious face again.
ROBERT ANNYS: POOR PRIESTANNIE NATHAN MEYER
Most learned, fair, and sanctimonious Princess—Plague, what comes next?
THE SAINT'S TRAGEDYCHARLES KINGSLEY
Of the sanctimonious tone we may say that it has its reward in the almost universal contempt it provokes.
EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE: THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEWJOHN MONRO GIBSON
And so it happens that these sanctimonious men have become richer and more powerful under the Frankish than under the Roman rule.
THE PONIARD'S HILTEUGNE SUE
They were not really sanctimonious, they just got that name because they tried to live up to their convictions.
BLUE ROBIN, THE GIRL PIONEERRENA I. HALSEY
Most of us are horribly afraid of being taken for sanctimonious persons, when there is really not the slightest danger.
ESSAYS ON MODERN NOVELISTSWILLIAM LYON PHELPS
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