Sanctimonious – Acting as if morally better than others
To remember the definition of the word sanctimonious, use the following mnemonic:
The cat sang until the dog moaned at us (sanctimonious) but there was nothing we could do because the cat was acting as if it was on the moral high ground.
Examples of sanctimonious in a sentence
Jane is a sanctimonious woman who tries to belittle those who do not volunteer as much as she does.
In a sanctimonious tone, William accused the janitor of stealing his wallet.
Even though the minister had been arrested for shoplifting, he still had the nerve to act sanctimonious in front of the congregation.