[After Seth Pecksniff, a character in Martin Chuzzlewit, a novel by Charles
Dickens.] American Heritage®
Here is an odd compound made up of two words that we recognize, but is hard to
decipher. It is based on the noun pecksniff "a
Sep 4, 2004
hypocritically and unctuously affecting benevolence or high moral principles.
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