Etymology
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sanctimony (n.)

1530s, "piety, devoutness, sanctity," a sense now obsolete, from French sanctimonie, from Latin sanctimonia "sacredness, holiness, virtuousness," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)). The surviving sense of "external appearance of devoutness, hypocritical or affected piety" is by 1610s.

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Definitions of sanctimony

sanctimony (n.)
the quality of being hypocritically devout;
Synonyms: sanctimoniousness
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