Pecksniff: The word of the day

From this Electrolite post, my vocabulary word for the day: Pecksniff. Damned if I know what it means (no, don't tell me, I prefer to guess), but I sure like the sound of it.

Denied a visa to attend the Grammy Awards, in which he's a nominee: Buena Vista Social Club musician Ibrahim Ferrer. And five colleagues…

Tell me again how John Kerry, with all his drawbacks, would be "barely any improvement" on this crowd of censorious, vengeful, authoritarian pecksniffs.