Feigned piety or righteousness; hypocritical devoutness or high-mindedness.(noun)
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Use "sanctimony" in a sentence
"But with any luck, it will be a eye-feast of hundreds of thousands of good-humored, well-behaved Americans, there to answer the cynicism of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, at which the notion that the election of a black president somehow sullied the nation's dignity was dressed in sanctimony and a display of patriotism so bombastic that it was almost camp."
"Question: Is there any chance — any chance — the Times would not release the tape and publish front-page story after story about the gory details, with the usual accompanying chorus of sanctimony from the oped commentariat?"
"Smug sanctimony is an interesting disease as those infected usually believe they speak for everyone else and are objective observers."