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odor of sanctity

Fig. an atmosphere of excessive holiness or piety. I hate their house. There's such an odor of sanctity with Bibles and holy pictures everywhere. The huge, medieval Gothic cathedral had a distinct odor of sanctity.
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odor of sanctity

Exaggerated or hypocritical piety, an assumption of moral superiority, as in This candidate puts off some voters with his odor of sanctity. This expression, originating in the medieval idea that the dead body of a saintly individual gives off a sweet smell, was used to describe saintliness in the mid-1700s. Today it is generally used ironically.
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odour of sanctity

1 a state of holiness. 2 sanctimoniousness. derogatory
This expression is a translation of the French idiom odeur de sainteté . It refers to a sweet or balsamic odour which was reputedly emitted by the bodies of saints at or after death, and which was regarded as evidence of their sanctity.
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References in classic literature ?
There was also a clasping of the hands, as he stepped toward our hero - a deep sigh - and altogether a look of such utter sanctity as could not have failed to be unequivocally preposessing.
and the devil, dropping at once the sanctity of his demeanor, opened to its fullest extent a mouth from ear to ear, so as to display a set of jagged and fang-like teeth, and, throwing back his head, laughed long, loudly, wickedly, and uproariously, while the black dog, crouching down upon his haunches, joined lustily in the chorus, and the tabby cat, flying off at a tangent, stood up on end, and shrieked in the farthest corner of the apartment.
KOHAT -- Deputy Commissioner Kohat Zahir Shah Thursday called upon all Muslim sects to demonstrate tolerance, harmony and tranquility during the holy month of Muaharram ul Haram to uphold the sanctity of the holy month.
The meeting touched on exerted efforts to prevent Israeli continued violations of the sanctity of Jerusalem's Al Haram Al Sharif compound.
He called for serious and speedy international efforts and for the intervention of the Security Council to take all urgent measures to stop these violations on Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first Qiblah and the third holiest shrine, protect the Palestinian people and religious sanctities and give the Palestinian people all their legitimate rights, stressing that this attack blatantly violates the sanctity of religions and contribute to feeding extremism and violence in the world.
The violation of its sanctity and the attack on the worshipers, the cabinet called for an end to these crimes and repeated violations by the Israelis and the Israeli settlers against sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The resolution lauded the political parties, members of the parliament, national media and the people of Pakistan who played historic role in the hour of trial for the sanctity of the constitution, democracy and parliament.
Khartoum, 18 May (SUNA)- The Secretary General of the Sudanese Islamic Movement, sheikh al Zubair Ahmed Al Hassan, has called for the formation of an all-inclusive alliance from journalist, academics and politicians to cater for Public peace and work on a programme on the sanctity of the Muslim blood.
Sydney, Oct 30 ( ANI ): Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that he is 'offended' by accusations from former Test skipper Mark Taylor that he (Ponting) did not respect the sanctity of the Australian dressing room.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Damascus stressed to the United Nations its right to immediately respond to any breach of its sovereignty and the sanctity of its territories, as it called on the Security Council to put an end to such violations.
Hajar Bin Udai's shrine is one of the most important holy sites for Muslims in general, statement said, indicating that violating the shrine's sanctity in such a manner reflects a "criminal terrorist mentality" that does not take into regard the sacredness of Muslim and Christian holy sites.
BAGHDAD / NINA / MP, of the Iraqiya coalition Eman Mosa al-Mohammadi described the fatwa of religious authority, Ali al-Sistani in sanctity of Iraqi blood and Sunnis in particular as a bright picture of the religious authorities and their keenness on the unity of the country.
Summary: A Cabinet resolution on maintenance and caretaking of mosques in the UAE with aims to safeguard the sanctity of places of worship has been issued by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
JAMMU & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday backed the Centre on the withdrawal of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan ( UNMOGIP) from the states saying it has failed to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control ( LoC).
Pro-life" can mean only one thing: "respect for the sanctity of life.