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Tartuffe

Syllabification: Tar·tuffe
Pronunciation: /tärˈto͞of
 
/

Definition of Tartuffe in English:

noun

literary or humorous
A religious hypocrite, or a hypocritical pretender to excellence of any kind.
[from the name of the principal character (a religious hypocrite) in Molière's Tartuffe (1664)]
Example sentences
  • I've seen some Tartuffes you would not let through the front door.
  • We are all too aware of the Tartuffes of our day using the façade of religion to further their own selfish aims.
  • But neither were they Tartuffes in caftans: for them, like their Arab predecessors, the erotic and the spiritual coexisted along a delicate continuum.

Derivatives

Tartufferie

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈto͞ofərē/
(also Tartuffery) noun
Example sentences
  • Critics have dismissed these exercises as so much Tartuffery.
  • Every people has its own Tartuffery and calls it its virtues.
  • It will be damn hard to find global solutions while you still have global Tartufferie.

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