nounliterary 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)]
More 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.
Definition of Tartuffe in:
- The British & World English dictionary