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[tahr-too f, -toof; French tar-tyf] /tɑrˈtʊf, -ˈtuf; French tarˈtüf/
noun, plural Tartuffes
[tahr-too fs, -toofs; French tar-tyf] /tɑrˈtʊfs, -ˈtufs; French tarˈtüf/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
(italics) a comedy (1664–69) by Molière.
Also, Tartufe. (often lowercase) a hypocritical pretender to piety. Unabridged
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/tɑːˈtʊf; -ˈtuːf/
a person who hypocritically pretends to be deeply pious
Derived Forms
Tartuffian, Tartufian, adjective
Word Origin
from the character in the Molière's comedy Tartuffe (1664)
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Word Origin and History for Tartuffe

"pretender to piety," 1670s, from name of principal character in comedy by Molière (1664), apparently from Old French tartuffe "truffle," chosen for suggestion of concealment (Tartuffe is a religious hypocrite).

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