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[hoh-lee-er-th uh n-th ou] /ˈhoʊ li ər ðənˈðaʊ/

obnoxiously pious; sanctimonious; self-righteous.
a person who is obnoxiously pious or self-righteous.

as an adjectival phrase in reference to supercilious sanctimony attested by 1888, American English. The text is in Isaiah lxv:5.


Condescending; thinking one is superior to others: holier-than-thou attitude gains him no friends


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