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Tartuffe Line breaks: Tar|tuffe
Pronunciation: /tɑːˈtuːf/

Definition of Tartuffe in English:


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


(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.


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

Words that rhyme with Tartuffe

aloof, behoof, goof, hoof, pouffe, proof, roof, shadoof, spoof, underproof, woof
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