is the quality of being a pecksniffian (who who affects high moral principles). The word comes to us via the gift of Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit
, which features a character named Seth Pecksniff.
Yet while Merriam-Webster traces the first known use of pecksniffery
to 1849, we can prove better. We encountered the word (whimsically illustrated, no less!) in Punch
, Vol. X, 1846
, p. 149. (We do what we can!)