holier-than-thou meaning, holier-than-thou definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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If you describe someone as holier-than-thou, you disapprove of them because they seem to believe that they are more religious or have better moral qualities than anyone else.      adj  
He has always sounded holier-than-thou.     
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goody-goody     (informal)   pietistic, pietistical, priggish, religiose, sanctimonious, self-righteous, self-satisfied, smug, squeaky-clean, unctuous  

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