sanctimonious

The sanctimonious person sounds like a hypocrite when he preaches to a friend about the evils of drugs, while he drinks one beer after another.

Sanctimonious is a twist on the words sanctity and sacred, which mean holy or religious. A sanctimonious person might think he's holy, but their attitude comes across more like "holier-than-thou." Though sanctimonious people might try to act like saints, their actions are far from pure or holy, which just makes them sound like hypocrites.

DEFINITIONS OF: sanctimonious

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adj excessively or hypocritically pious

“a sickening sanctimonious smile”
Synonyms:
holier-than-thou, pharisaic, pharisaical, pietistic, pietistical, self-righteous
pious
having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
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