Tartuffe

Tartuffe

[tahr-toof, -toof; French tar-tyf]
noun, plural Tartuffes [tahr-toofs, -toofs; French tar-tyf] , for 2.
1.
(italics) a comedy (1664–69) by Molière.
2.
Also, Tartufe. (often lowercase) a hypocritical pretender to piety.
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Tartuffe or Tartufe (tɑːˈtʊf, -ˈtuːf, tɑːˈtʊf, -ˈtuːf)
 
n
a person who hypocritically pretends to be deeply pious
 
[from the character in the Molière's comedy Tartuffe (1664)]
 
Tartufe or Tartufe
 
n
 
[from the character in the Molière's comedy Tartuffe (1664)]
 
Tar'tuffian or Tartufe
 
adj
 
Tar'tufian or Tartufe
 
adj

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Tartuffe
"pretender to piety," 1676, from name of principal character in comedy by Molière (1664), apparently from O.Fr. tartuffe "truffle," chosen for suggestion of concealment (Tartuffe is a religious hypocrite).
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