\(ˈ)pek|snifēən\ adjective
Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: Seth Pecksniff + English -ian
: marked by unctuous hypocrisy : selfish and corrupt behind a display of seeming benevolence : sanctimonious, holier-than-thou

pecksniffian cant

legislation designed to correct injustice and to translate pecksniffian phrases into living realities — Nation

a censorship that is … pecksniffian suppression — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Pecksniffian — 1851, after Mr. Pecksniff, unctuous hypocrite in Dickens Martin Chuzzlewit (1844) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pecksniffian — [pek snif′ē ən] adj. [after Pecksniff, unctuous hypocrite in Dickens Martin Chuzzlewit] falsely moralistic; hypocritical; insincere …   English World dictionary

  • Pecksniffian — adjective Etymology: Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin Chuzzlewit (1843 44) by Charles Dickens Date: 1849 unctuously hypocritical ; pharisaical …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pecksniffian — …   Wikipedia

  • Pecksniffian — Pecksniffery, Pecksniffianism, Pecksniffism, n. /pek snif ee euhn/, adj. (often l.c.) hypocritically and unctuously affecting benevolence or high moral principles. Also, Pecksniffish. [1850 55; named after Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin… …   Universalium

  • pecksniffian — adjective Of or pertaining to Pecksniffery; unctuously hypocritical; sanctimonious …   Wiktionary

  • Pecksniffian — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Of or practicing hypocrisy: hypocritical, phar isaic, pharisaical, phony, sanctimonious, two faced. See HONEST …   English dictionary for students

  • Pecksniffian — adj. sanctimoniously hypocritical, two faced; that affects high moral principles …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Pecksniffian — [pɛk snɪfɪən] adjective hypocritical. Origin C19: from Mr Pecksniff, a character in Dickens s Martin Chuzzlewit, + ian …   English new terms dictionary

  • pecksniffian — peck·sniff·ian …   English syllables

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