Pecksniff

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pecksniff pekā€²snif one who talks large about virtue and benevolence, while at heart a selfish and unprincipled hypocrite
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Mr Pecksniff in Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit.

Usage

In literature:

The superscription was in Mr Pecksniff's hand, and it was sealed with Mr Pecksniff's seal.
"Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit" by Charles Dickens
He nearly fought a duel with the gentleman who is said to have suggested Mr. Pecksniff to Dickens!
"Essays in Little" by Andrew Lang
Sipyagin himself is a miniature Pecksniff, unctuous, polished, and hollow.
"Essays on Russian Novelists" by William Lyon Phelps
He was a ruffle-shirted Pharisee, who affected the airs of a bishop, and resembled Cruikshank's pictures of Pecksniff.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
Sturtevant Charity Pecksniff Mrs. M.B.
"Sixty Years of California Song" by Margaret Blake-Alverson
It was all that old fool Pecksniff's doing after all.
"Warrior Gap" by Charles King
They had no Pecksniff at any rate.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
And I particularly commend, my dear Felton, one Mr. Pecksniff and his daughters to your tender regards.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
You will at once have run down the whole gamut of humanity from St. Paul to Pecksniff.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Mr. Pecksniff was also a domestic character; so was Mr. Quilp.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Pecksniff was just the man old Chuzzlewit thought him.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
To this mansion, Mr. Pecksniff, accompanied by his daughters and Mrs. Todgers, drove gallantly in a one-horse fly.
"Dickens' Stories About Children Every Child Can Read" by Charles Dickens
Pecksniff, one of the most powerful creations of Dickens, a photograph from the life, had named his two daughters, Mercy and Charity.
"English Pharisees and French Crocodiles" by Max O'Rell
Mr. Pecksniff, it will be remembered, spoke of the melancholy sweetness of youthful hopes.
"Far Off Things" by Arthur Machen
Hence Tartuffe and Pecksniff are poetical portraits, even when drawn in prose.
"The Literature of Ecstasy" by Albert Mordell
Polonius Pecksniff, who plays Bottom for a stipend.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
Perhaps there never was a more moral man than Mr. Pecksniff, especially in his conversation and correspondence.
"Dickens As an Educator" by James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
Everybody understands Pecksniff, and compared with him Tartuffe was an honest man.
"Shakespeare" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Sir Mulberry Hawk and Pecksniff are types of the two contending forces.
"Lola Montez" by Edmund B. d'Auvergne
Everybody understands Pecksniff, and compared with him Tartuffe was an honest man.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 3 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
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