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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  • Odorous

    [oh-der-uh s] /ˈoʊ dər əs/ adjective 1. . /ˈəʊdərəs/ adjective 1. having or emitting a characteristic smell or odour adj. “fragrant,” early 15c., from Medieval Latin odorosus, from Latin odorus “having a smell,” from odor (see odor).

  • Odorously

    [oh-der-uh s] /ˈoʊ dər əs/ adjective 1. . /ˈəʊdərəs/ adjective 1. having or emitting a characteristic smell or odour adj. “fragrant,” early 15c., from Medieval Latin odorosus, from Latin odorus “having a smell,” from odor (see odor).



  • Odour

    [oh-der] /ˈoʊ dər/ noun, Chiefly British. 1. . [oh-der] /ˈoʊ dər/ noun 1. the property of a substance that activates the sense of smell: to have an unpleasant odor. 2. a sensation perceived by the sense of smell; scent. 3. an agreeable scent; fragrance. 4. a disagreeable smell. 5. a quality or property characteristic or […]

  • Odour of sanctity

    noun 1. (derogatory) sanctimoniousness



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