Definition of Tartuffe in English:


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Pronunciation: /tɑːˈtuːf


literary or • humorous
  • A religious hypocrite, or a hypocritical pretender to excellence of any kind.
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    • 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.



(also Tartuffery) noun
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  • 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.


from the name of the principal character (a religious hypocrite) in Molière's Tartuffe (1664).

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