This word is beautiful. It is my favorite 12-letter word and I enjoy using it whenever I have the chance to do so.
According to merriam-webster.com:
Middle French sanctimonie, from Latin sanctimonia, from sanctus
First Known Use: 1534
Sanctimonious means making a hypocritical show of religious devotion or righteousness.
My favorite meaning is making a show of being morally superior to other people. This is the meaning I love – and mostly use – because there are many people out there who look down upon others and walk around with this big chip on their shoulders as if they’re better than anyone else simply because they go to church. And most of these churchgoers are hypocrites because they don’t follow Christian values and they’re quick to point out your wrongdoing without looking at their own.
My sentences using the word of the day:
^ Oh, joy! Here comes the sanctimonious bastard I’ve been trying to avoid all week.
^ In a sanctimonious tone, Mary accused her little sister of killing her beloved pet pooch.
^ I’ve always considered Kelly-Ann a sanctimonious hypocrite because she judges others without acknowledging her very own sins.
I hope you have fun using sanctimonious in a sentence.