Hypocrite vs. Sanctimonious

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  • Hypocrite (noun)

    Someone who practices hypocrisy, who pretends to hold beliefs, or whose actions are not consistent with their claimed beliefs. from early 13th c.

  • Sanctimonious (adjective)

    Making a show of being morally better than others, especially hypocritically pious.

  • Sanctimonious (adjective)

    Holy, devout.

  • Hypocrite (noun)

    One who plays a part; especially, one who, for the purpose of winning approbation of favor, puts on a fair outside seeming; one who feigns to be other and better than he is; a false pretender to virtue or piety; one who simulates virtue or piety.

  • Sanctimonious (adjective)

    Possessing sanctimony; holy; sacred; saintly.

  • Sanctimonious (adjective)

    Making a show of sanctity; affecting saintliness; hypocritically devout or pious.

Webster Dictionary
  • Hypocrite (noun)

    a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he does not hold

  • Sanctimonious (adjective)

    excessively or hypocritically pious;

    "a sickening sanctimonious smile"

Princeton's WordNet

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