whited sepulcher


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whit·ed sepulcher

(wī′tĭd, hwī′-)
n.
An evil person who pretends to be holy or good; a hypocrite.

[From the simile applied by Jesus to hypocrites as exemplified by some scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:27).]

whit′ed sep′ulcher


n.
an evil person who feigns goodness; hypocrite. Matt. 23:27.
[1575–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whited sepulcher - a person who is inwardly evil but outwardly professes to be virtuous
dissembler, dissimulator, hypocrite, phoney, phony, pretender - a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
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In a very few hours I arrived in a city that always makes me think of a whited sepulcher.
Outwardly they may be as whited sepulchers and inwardly as ravening wolves, that's what.
We need to overthrow, not the government, as the authorities are always accusing the Communists of conspiring to teach to do, but this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system which breeds such suffering in the whited sepulcher of New York.