- Pecksniffian 1851, after Mr. Pecksniff, unctuous hypocrite in Dickens' "Martin Chuzzlewit" (1844).
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Pecksniffian — [pek snif′ē ən] adj. [after Pecksniff, unctuous hypocrite in Dickens Martin Chuzzlewit] falsely moralistic; hypocritical; insincere … English World dictionary
pecksniffian — (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 pec … Useful english 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