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also tar·tufe  (tär-to͝of′, -to͞of′)
A hypocrite, especially one who affects religious piety.

[After the protagonist of Tartuffe, , a play by Molière.]

tar·tuf′fe·ry n.
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(tɑːˈtʊf; -ˈtuːf) or


a person who hypocritically pretends to be deeply pious
[from the character in the Molière's comedy Tartuffe (1664)]
Tarˈtuffian, Tarˈtufian adj
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or Tar•tufe

(tɑrˈtʊf, -ˈtuf)

(often l.c.) a hypocritical pretender to piety.
[after the title character in a Molière play (1664)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tartuffe - a hypocrite who pretends to religious piety (after the protagonist in a play by Moliere)
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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also tartufe
A person who practices hypocrisy:
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