holier than thou


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holier-than-thou

Sanctimonious; maintaining an obnoxious air of moral superiority or condescension. (Usually used before a noun, especially "attitude.") While he makes good points, his holier-than-thou attitude is not likely to win him many allies.

holier than thou

characterized by an attitude of self-conscious virtue and piety.
This phrase comes from Isaiah 65:5: ‘Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou’.
See also: holy, thou
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I find it increasingly repulsive to listen to the holier than thou pontificating fromthe Manx, after all, evil dealers pedalling death and misery formoney are in good company on an island that annually tolerates the death and injury of motorcyclists.
STEPH She's sweet, innocent and acts holier than thou.
I get the impression that Shekhar Kapur's agenda in this film is to tell us that perhaps we should not be too holier than thou about the religious divisions of other countries when the legacy of our own is still with us.
If this is the New Politics, so vaunted by our holier than thou Liberal Democrat brethren, give me honesty, integrity and transparency any day.
Coming across all holier than thou won't help to sort things out.
Most politicians deceive, misrepresent, put on a show of being holier than thou, and only feel guilt and shame when caught.
As the title role in Tartuffe, he's an evil, grasping fraud who pretends to be holier than thou while worming his way into a family's affections and fortunes.
But since people like Mr Crines has come on the scene with the rest of the holier than thou brigade, they feel it is justified to look down on those who smoke, calling it a 'vile habit' and suggest those who smoke at the entrance to the hospital should be arrested by the police.
Not that Patrick Hawes is a holier than thou musician.
WHAT a holier than thou attitude portrayed by P Ford (Mail, May 8).
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Yet Birmingham jumps in with its holier than thou ranting.
Today, purple is back on the scene, but it's not reserved strictly for those holier than thou.
I have even less time for those who adopt the holier than thou attitude.
He said: "I don't want to sound holier than thou, but it's been disappointing that you've followed the ethics of the sport, yet when the mud starts to fly, you get implicated.