Janus-faced


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Ja·nus-faced

 (jā′nəs-fāst′)
adj.
Hypocritical.

Janus-faced

adj
two-faced; hypocritical; deceitful

Ja′nus-faced`



adj.
two-faced; deceitful.
[1675–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.Janus-faced - having or concerned with polarities or contrasts; "a Janus-faced view of history"; "a Janus-faced policy"
bipolar - having two poles
2.Janus-faced - marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of anotherJanus-faced - marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another; "she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill; "a double-dealing double agent"; "a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray
dishonest, dishonorable - deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
3.Janus-faced - having two faces--one looking to the future and one to the pastJanus-faced - having two faces--one looking to the future and one to the past; "Janus the two-faced god"
faced - having a face or facing especially of a specified kind or number; often used in combination; "a neatly faced terrace"
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