I am trying to find the right word for a person that believes that he/she always acts with pure morals. (Sort of like a religious leader, especially in terms of pure heart or pure morals.)
If you have seen the movie Dogville by Lars von Trier, I am trying to describe a person like Grace. Up to a certain point in the movie, she truly believes and acts in accordance with her strong morals even when it is detrimental to her.
Here are a few words/phrases similar to what I am thinking of:
- self-righteous and holier-than-thou - this usually implies the person outwardly shows this but their actions are not in accordance with what they preach.
- martyr or saint might be closer to what I am looking.
- moral superiority - is close but it usually has a negative connotation similar to self-righteous.